June 21, 2022

Omaha’s Growth Boom for Electrical Jobs

The Omaha metro area population is expected to hit the one million mark by 2024, according to the U.S. Census. But other studies, such as one from Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, project reaching this number as early as 2023. 

Achieving his population milestone is not surprising considering:

  •     In the last 10 years, the City of Omaha grew 19%;
  •     Douglas County’s population has steadily increased since 1980;
  •     The Metro Area’s population has increased approximately 1% annually.

Urban sprawl in the western and southern borders, redevelopment of urban core neighborhoods, and a thriving, consistently growing economy (4 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Omaha and more than 10 companies are ranked in the Fortune 1000) account for much of the growth.

Electrical Industry Poised for Boom

Which means more jobs for electricians.

This is not surprising, given that the electrical industry is currently experiencing a shortage while simultaneously projected to grow 9% through 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are nearly 85,000 job openings for electricians nationally. Salaries range from 33-97K, with a median annual average wage of $60,040 (as of May 2021).

According to the website Getschooled.com, an electrical career is a Top 10 trade career. The number of projected jobs in this field stands around 800,000 in the next 10 years. 

Since Thomas Edison patented his revolutionary light bulb in 1879, electricians have been keeping the world lit, our food cold, our entertainment systems performing, and our computers and social media humming. They keep the economy rolling plus benefit from economic growth.  

And Omaha is growing. 

So now is the perfect time to step toward a lucrative electrical career by enrolling in our apprenticeship training programing. A hybrid program that blends classroom learning from seasoned professionals with on-the-job training from licensed journeymen, you will earn as you learn as you embark on an exciting career that will both challenge you and provide for your future prosperity. 

To learn more about our apprenticeship program and state-of-the-art Electrical Training Center, click here. A successful future awaits!

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 22, along with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), forms Building Omaha, a partnership that powers our city.