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SURVEY: Women Keeping the Electrical Contracting Industry Young

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Electrical Contractor Magazine has released their biennial “Profile of the Electrical Contractor.” 2,419 people responded to the magazine’s survey, answering questions about the work they did in 2015. They describe an “industry that’s both continuing to mend following the financial meltdown eight years ago and expanding into new business areas”:

Fewer firms lost employees during the last 12 to 18 months, and a large majority of companies stood firm. Though large firms – those with 20 employees or more – remain a minority, their percentage grew, while the percentage of companies with 1–9 employees dropped slightly.

Some of the growth may be due in part to “a broadening in the kinds of work electrical contractors (ECs) now perform in addition to traditional power and lighting jobs”:

We found that a large percentage of our respondents are working in heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) projects – both in controls and mechanical – and a significant number have even worked for water utilities and on wastewater treatment plants.

On average, electrical contractors are an aging group, albeit with one notable exception:

They are getting older, with an average age of 57.3, a statistically significant increase from 2014’s result of 56.2…Even more significant, the percentage of respondents aged between 35–54 decreased to 30 percent, from 36 percent in 2014. 

[…] However, one demographic in our sample breaks this aging pattern: women. Although, at only 3 percent of total respondents, their numbers don’t make a big impact on the overall picture. In this survey, 42 percent of women in the industry are aged 35–54 (compared to 30 percent of the total sample), and only 7 percent are 65 or older (compared to 24 percent of the total).

For the complete analysis, check out Electrical Contractor’s website:


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