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Telecommunications Line Installers

Telecommunications line installers work with the extensive network of cables and wires that are utilized to provide customers with data, video, and voice communications services. They install lines and cables, including fiber optics, that provide telephone service, cable television and the Internet to commercial and residential customers.

Telecommunications line installers make new lines by constructing towers and utility poles and by making underground trenches to carry cables and wires. When construction is finished the telecommunications lines installers string cable along towers and poles or through trenches and tunnels.

Responsibilities

  • Install lines and cables
  • Operate construction equipment
  • Install network equipment
  • Set up service for customers
  • Connect wiring to houses
  • When installing cable television and telephone lines they also install repeaters and amplifiers
  • Maintain telecommunications and television lines
  • Inspect wire and cables

Job Characteristics

Employees that install and repair telecommunication lines sometimes have to work in harsh weather conditions to fix or replace equipment. They may have to work overtime and irregular hours due to the need to fix damaged equipment caused by storms. However, they work standard hours when installing new lines and performing normal maintenance.

Telecommunications line installers and repairers sometimes have to travel long distances. Line installers and repairs sometimes have to deal with serious hazards and need to follow safety procedures. Climbing towers and poles and lifting heavy objects may be part of the job.

Telecommunications line installers and repairers need to be able to write reports, read instructions and solve problems. The job sometimes requires strength, stamina and coordination. They should be mechanically inclined and enjoy working with new technology and computers.

Employment Outlook

The overall employment of line installers and repairers is forecasted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow 6 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is slower than average for all occupations. The employment growth for line installers may slow down due to the growth of wireless communications.

Wireless networks utilize lines for connecting cellular towers to central offices, however they need a smaller number of line installers to expand and maintain the systems. Satellite television will also decrease the demand for wire-based Internet, telephone and cable television.

In 2008 the median annual earnings for telecommunications line installers and repairers was $48,090. Many line installers belong to unions and the unions contracts set the wages and wage increases.

After gaining experience in stringing cable and performing service installation, line installers may move up to more complicated maintenance and repair positions. Telecommunications line installers have better chances to advance in their careers by achieving certifications. The Society of Cable Television Engineers offers certificates for those employed in the cable television industry.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Line installers and repairers usually need to have at least a high school diploma. Some employers seek candidates with good reading and writing skills and basic knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. Some employers look for applicants that have obtained technical knowledge of electronics or electricity via a community college or vocational program.

Some educational programs collaborate with local companies and provide a one-year certificate that offers plenty of hands-on field work. Two-year associate degrees offer students a more broader knowledge of the types of technology utilized in telecommunications. Courses are provided in electronics, electricity, microwave transmission and fiber optics. Employers often prefer to employ graduates from these programs.

Telecommunications line installers and repairers that are employed by cable television companies and telephone companies acquire most of their training while on the job. They are provided several years of on-the-job training.

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Major Employers

The top employers are telecommunication companies, cable television distribution companies and construction contractors.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 110 $30,970
Mobile 90 $30,090
Birmingham 90 $35,040
Hoover 90 $35,040
Dothan 50 $35,490
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 280 $72,160
Fairbanks 40 N/A
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 1080 $44,630
Scottsdale 1080 $44,630
Mesa 1080 $44,630
Tucson 160 $57,210
Lake Havasu City 70 $49,210
Kingman 70 $49,210
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 450 $37,590
North Little Rock 450 $37,590
Little Rock 450 $37,590
Jonesboro 40 $46,820
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 3210 $66,130
Anaheim 3210 $66,130
Los Angeles 3210 $66,130
Hayward 1930 $67,790
San Francisco 1930 $67,790
Oakland 1930 $67,790
San Bernardino 1700 $48,360
Riverside 1700 $48,360
Ontario 1700 $48,360
Carlsbad 830 $65,560
San Diego 830 $65,560
Santa Clara 830 $70,060
Sunnyvale 830 $70,060
San Jose 830 $70,060
Roseville 680 $62,920
Sacramento 680 $62,920
Arden 680 $62,920
Arcade 680 $62,920
Fresno 340 $67,010
Oxnard 300 $58,730
Ventura 300 $58,730
Thousand Oaks 300 $58,730
Porterville 160 $71,670
Visalia 160 $71,670
Lodi 140 $70,560
Stockton 140 $70,560
Paso Robles 130 $69,500
San Luis Obispo 130 $69,500
Arroyo Grande 130 $69,500
Santa Cruz 120 $63,380
Watsonville 120 $63,380
Redding 110 $70,690
Salinas 80 $72,180
Yuba City 60 $67,700
Madera 50 $68,960
El Centro 30 $63,610
Vallejo N/A $46,250
Fairfield N/A $46,250
Bakersfield N/A $48,450
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 990 $45,850
Aurora 990 $45,850
Denver 990 $45,850
Colorado Springs 300 $41,440
Greeley N/A $58,370
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 150 $51,970
East Hartford 150 $51,970
West Hartford 150 $51,970
Stamford 90 $64,650
Bridgeport 90 $64,650
Norwalk 90 $64,650
New Haven N/A $42,600
Danbury N/A $45,520
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 1560 $39,320
Fort Lauderdale 1560 $39,320
Miami 1560 $39,320
Tampa 1250 $41,770
Clearwater 1250 $41,770
St. Petersburg 1250 $41,770
Kissimmee 890 $37,750
Sanford 890 $37,750
Orlando 890 $37,750
Jacksonville 410 $44,650
North Port 340 $37,120
Bradenton 340 $37,120
Sarasota 340 $37,120
Brent 280 $35,840
Ferry Pass 280 $35,840
Pensacola 280 $35,840
Tallahassee 220 $33,130
Deltona 200 $35,580
Ormond Beach 200 $35,580
Daytona Beach 200 $35,580
Winter Haven 150 $37,630
Lakeland 150 $37,630
Fort Myers 100 $36,690
Cape Coral 100 $36,690
Panama City 90 $34,870
Gainesville 70 $39,800
Destin 30 $61,170
Fort Walton Beach 30 $61,170
Crestview 30 $61,170
Melbourne N/A $33,700
Palm Bay N/A $33,700
Titusville N/A $33,700
Immokalee N/A $35,500
Marco Island N/A $35,500
Naples N/A $35,500
Port St. Lucie N/A $39,490
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 1680 $36,550
Sandy Springs 1680 $36,550
Atlanta 1680 $36,550
Savannah 70 N/A
Albany N/A $33,310
Valdosta N/A $43,900
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 360 $56,380
Lahaina 50 N/A
Wailuku 50 N/A
Kahului 50 N/A
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City N/A $46,530
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 50 $74,300
Urbana 40 $67,250
Champaign 40 $67,250
Peoria N/A $39,070
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carmel 700 $36,910
Anderson 700 $36,910
Indianapolis 700 $36,910
West Lafayette 120 $42,920
Lafayette 120 $42,920
Fort Wayne 90 $55,310
Terre Haute N/A $42,830
Elkhart N/A $45,030
Goshen N/A $45,030
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 180 $37,020
Des Moines 180 $37,020
Waterloo 40 $40,710
Cedar Falls 40 $40,710
Cedar Rapids N/A $35,730
Iowa City N/A $36,720
Ames N/A $39,290
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 260 $50,280
Topeka 80 $54,120
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 150 $43,870
Lexington 150 $43,870
Fort Knox 40 $43,700
Elizabethtown 40 $43,700
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 340 $35,630
Metairie 90 $39,470
New Orleans 90 $39,470
Monroe N/A $37,310
Lafayette N/A $39,300
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bangor 190 $39,730
South Portland 120 $50,570
Portland 120 $50,570
Auburn 40 $68,730
Lewiston 40 $68,730
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1930 $66,340
Columbia 1930 $66,340
Baltimore 1930 $66,340
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 180 $67,050
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 450 $52,880
Detroit 450 $52,880
Warren 450 $52,880
Wyoming 80 $34,720
Grand Rapids 80 $34,720
Muskegon 70 $49,960
Flint 50 $52,730
Lansing N/A $51,250
East Lansing N/A $51,250
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 80 $37,960
North Mankato N/A $46,170
Mankato N/A $46,170
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 310 $35,740
Biloxi 310 $35,740
Gulfport 310 $35,740
Jackson 150 $36,680
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 90 $46,260
Jefferson City 80 $48,440
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 110 $36,870
Great Falls 40 $29,160
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln N/A $36,910
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 830 $45,450
Henderson 830 $45,450
Las Vegas 830 $45,450
Reno 150 $65,800
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 90 $37,730
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlantic City 240 $67,980
Hammonton 240 $67,980
Trenton 190 $71,080
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 210 $39,630
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 500 $50,170
Troy 500 $50,170
Schenectady 500 $50,170
Syracuse 260 $43,130
Cheektowaga 200 $78,320
Niagara Falls 200 $78,320
Buffalo 200 $78,320
Binghamton 110 $46,340
Kingston 100 N/A
Glens Falls 90 $86,370
Utica 50 $48,400
Rome 50 $48,400
Rochester N/A $56,100
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 410 $36,560
Greensboro 160 $47,150
High Point 160 $47,150
Salem 130 $37,670
Winston 130 $37,670
Asheville 120 $33,920
Fayetteville 110 $38,490
Rocky Mount 60 $37,480
Morganton 40 $27,010
Hickory 40 $27,010
Lenoir 40 $27,010
Jacksonville 40 $47,260
Wilmington N/A $24,260
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 590 $43,650
Dayton 370 $27,510
Cleveland 250 $40,090
Elyria 250 $40,090
Toledo 250 $46,860
Canton 190 $35,340
Massillon 190 $35,340
Mansfield 140 $28,820
Akron N/A $39,030
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tulsa 370 $41,940
Oklahoma City 330 $67,810
Lawton 70 $38,510
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 80 $61,310
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1210 $68,350
Barre 340 $70,400
Scranton 340 $70,400
Hazleton 340 $70,400
Wilkes 340 $70,400
Carlisle 260 $62,380
Harrisburg 260 $62,380
York 240 $51,470
Hanover 240 $51,470
Lancaster 200 $37,080
Reading 140 $71,010
Altoona 60 $56,280
Lebanon N/A $40,720
Erie N/A $53,100
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 1190 $32,170
Caguas 1190 $32,170
San Juan 1190 $32,170
Ponce 150 $37,680
Mayag´┐Żez 120 $32,810
Isabela N/A $23,810
Aguadilla N/A $23,810
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 350 $35,050
Anderson 350 $35,050
Greenville 350 $35,050
Charleston 290 $35,780
North Charleston 290 $35,780
Columbia 200 $42,980
Bluffton 80 $52,120
Beaufort 80 $52,120
Hilton Head Island 80 $52,120
Florence N/A $27,300
Spartanburg N/A $32,850
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 180 $48,170
Rapid City 90 $39,310
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 200 $39,370
Murfreesboro 200 $39,370
Davidson 200 $39,370
Nashville 200 $39,370
Knoxville N/A $32,440
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 2570 $49,080
Houston 2570 $49,080
The Woodlands 2570 $49,080
Arlington 1990 $53,060
Fort Worth 1990 $53,060
Dallas 1990 $53,060
San Antonio 1330 $40,370
New Braunfels 1330 $40,370
Austin 560 $44,950
Round Rock 560 $44,950
El Paso 230 $68,550
Corpus Christi 140 $63,330
Harlingen 100 $55,520
Brownsville 100 $55,520
Beaumont 80 $70,910
Port Arthur 80 $70,910
Victoria 60 $39,780
Midland 60 $68,260
Longview 50 $44,490
Sherman 30 $51,130
Denison 30 $51,130
Edinburg N/A $35,710
Mission N/A $35,710
McAllen N/A $35,710
Killeen N/A $50,280
Temple N/A $50,280
Waco N/A $52,990
Tyler N/A $54,590
Amarillo N/A $66,330
Lubbock N/A $69,920
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Provo 110 $42,250
Orem 110 $42,250
St. George 100 $30,190
Salt Lake City N/A $41,290
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 1120 $48,570
Lynchburg 160 $65,980
Christiansburg 140 $36,340
Blacksburg 140 $36,340
Radford 140 $36,340
Waynesboro 80 $54,060
Staunton 80 $54,060
Roanoke 70 $62,420
Harrisonburg 40 $56,370
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 950 $49,440
Bellevue 950 $49,440
Tacoma 950 $49,440
Spokane Valley 60 $38,120
Spokane 60 $38,120
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Appleton 120 $40,290
Waukesha 120 $52,870
Milwaukee 120 $52,870
West Allis 120 $52,870
Green Bay 70 $46,320
Madison 70 $61,650
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 50 $50,080

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

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Most Popular Industries for :
Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Telecommunications 98,210 59% $55,220
Construction Trades 29,230 17% $37,710
Civil Engineering 16,720 10% $34,590
Media And Broadcasting 11,140 6% $39,880
Professional And Technical Services 4,520 2% $50,080
Office Services And Staffing 2,270 1% $32,970
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