Is Technology Affecting Electricians’ Job Security?
“Is technology affecting electricians’ job security?” This is one of the questions Klein asked in their recent State of the Industry survey. Over 600 union and non-union electricians participated in the survey. And, have no fear, Klein has found that electricians are still getting plenty of work. Generally speaking, Pros don’t even seem too concerned about running out of things to do anytime soon, either. As a matter of fact, the electrical trade might even be a bit understaffed these days.
Is Technology Affecting Electricians’ Job Security
Klein’s research has found that 42% of electricians claim to have seen an increase in work over the past year. This marks an increase from 23% in 2015 and 32% in 2016. The survey also shows that the increasing workload comes through new home construction, commercial properties, office buildings, and retrofitting in homes. In addition, as technology continues to improve and become more affordable for the homeowner, electricians have seen an increase in high-tech installations in residential structures.
As the trend to equip new homes with higher-tech installation continues to grow, there is increasing concern that skilled electricians are in too short supply.
“It is no surprise that there is a high demand for skilled electricians in the residential and commercial space. Given the growing shortage of skilled trade professionals, we expect that demand to continue to rise. High-tech installations in the housing and commercial construction will only continue to increase, and if we cannot fill these positions with skilled workers, businesses and homeowners will see more delayed projects and higher home prices.”
-Mark Klein, co-president of Klein Tools
No Shortage Of Work
As it turns out, the results from Klein’s survey don’t come as a complete shock. Like many of the trades, the electrical field is a great trade to get into these days, as there’s no shortage of work. As the supply of highly-trained electricians continues to drop with so many moving into retirement, future seasoned veterans should see a significant increase in pay as demand grows.
So is technology affecting electricians’ job security?
As the high-tech trend continues, less than one-fifth of the electricians surveyed are worried. They don’t believe the tech trend will negatively affect their job. Most electricians also feel that they have the necessary skills to keep up with the technological advancements of the “smart home” trend. Klein has even begun to develop training programs to keep burgeoning electricians up to date on these complex installs.
“Many young electricians entering the industry enjoy the challenges and tech-dependency of smart homes and want to experience working on the newest technology. Klein Tools knows how important ongoing training programs are to staying up-to-date on cutting-edge technologies. And, [they] partner with various organizations to provide internships and apprentice programs to those entering the industry to keep up with the demand of complex installations. As electricians continue to adapt to a more high-tech industry, it is important that we continue to give them the training and tools needed to manage the most difficult tasks.”
– Mark Klein
For more about the survey results, visit www.kleintools.com/2017survey3.