If you are afraid of hard work, this isn't the career for you. You will sweat, curse, and bleed; but when the lights all come on it is worth it. It is an excellent career and only here lately has finding a job in this field become a problem. Pay is decent with lots of room for improvements. It is a dangerous job but the dangers are known and avoidable; at least in most cases.
I would recommend this as a career for anybody, but especially for women. As a woman, I find it easy to combine work and family life while making a fairly decent wage. If I had it to do over again, I would definately do it again at a younger age. Some of the positives about being an electrician is that you can work a Monday through Friday schedule, and be home in time to make dinner. You make a fairly decent wage starting at around $9.00 hrly for an unskilled apprentice to over $16.00 as a journeyman electrician. Some of the negative aspects is that you might have to spend some time working outdoors in foul weather. You also might have to use a "Port-A-Potty" which might not be the cleanest.