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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 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 130 $32,980
Montgomery 100 $39,410
Birmingham N/A $32,010
Hoover N/A $32,010
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 330 $78,300
Fairbanks 50 N/A
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 1210 $43,560
Mesa 1210 $43,560
Phoenix 1210 $43,560
Tucson 170 $55,950
Kingman 80 $49,060
Lake Havasu City 80 $49,060
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 380 $45,840
North Little Rock 380 $45,840
Little Rock 380 $45,840
Jonesboro 70 $59,530
Hot Springs 40 $71,570
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 3030 $68,860
Long Beach 3030 $68,860
Anaheim 3030 $68,860
San Francisco 2050 $69,310
Hayward 2050 $69,310
Oakland 2050 $69,310
Riverside 1150 $51,100
San Bernardino 1150 $51,100
Ontario 1150 $51,100
Arden 900 $53,470
Roseville 900 $53,470
Sacramento 900 $53,470
Arcade 900 $53,470
Santa Clara 580 $77,930
Sunnyvale 580 $77,930
San Jose 580 $77,930
Carlsbad 430 $70,330
San Diego 430 $70,330
Fresno 410 $62,430
Ventura 240 $68,730
Thousand Oaks 240 $68,730
Oxnard 240 $68,730
Bakersfield 210 $58,290
Lodi 90 $71,100
Stockton 90 $71,100
Napa 90 $73,460
Redding 80 $68,740
Paso Robles 80 $70,330
Arroyo Grande 80 $70,330
San Luis Obispo 80 $70,330
Watsonville 60 $64,170
Santa Cruz 60 $64,170
Fairfield N/A $44,540
Vallejo N/A $44,540
Modesto N/A $73,220
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 1410 $44,810
Denver 1410 $44,810
Aurora 1410 $44,810
Colorado Springs 180 $40,870
Boulder 50 $50,250
Grand Junction N/A $35,690
Greeley N/A $60,380
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 210 $60,500
West Hartford 210 $60,500
Hartford 210 $60,500
Norwalk 210 $73,500
Stamford 210 $73,500
Bridgeport 210 $73,500
Danbury 90 N/A
New Haven N/A $53,280
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 1800 $38,060
Fort Lauderdale 1800 $38,060
West Palm Beach 1800 $38,060
St. Petersburg 1330 $40,550
Tampa 1330 $40,550
Clearwater 1330 $40,550
Sanford 1020 $32,670
Orlando 1020 $32,670
Kissimmee 1020 $32,670
Jacksonville 530 $33,510
Bradenton 470 $37,590
Sarasota 470 $37,590
North Port 470 $37,590
Port St. Lucie 280 $38,010
Ferry Pass 280 $38,230
Brent 280 $38,230
Pensacola 280 $38,230
Tallahassee 210 $33,660
Cape Coral 160 $36,990
Fort Myers 160 $36,990
Palm Bay 140 $32,250
Titusville 140 $32,250
Melbourne 140 $32,250
Panama City 120 $31,170
Gainesville 70 $37,540
Ocala N/A $32,260
Deltona N/A $35,170
Daytona Beach N/A $35,170
Ormond Beach N/A $35,170
Lakeland N/A $37,560
Winter Haven N/A $37,560
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 1670 $38,500
Sandy Springs 1670 $38,500
Atlanta 1670 $38,500
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 240 $66,870
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City N/A $45,990
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 60 $53,210
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 790 $39,830
Anderson 790 $39,830
Carmel 790 $39,830
Fort Wayne 340 $35,890
West Lafayette 200 $43,600
Lafayette 200 $43,600
Terre Haute 60 $30,130
Goshen N/A $46,070
Elkhart N/A $46,070
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Iowa City 60 $45,720
Waterloo 30 $43,960
Cedar Falls 30 $43,960
West Des Moines N/A $36,550
Des Moines N/A $36,550
Cedar Rapids N/A $44,620
Ames N/A $47,710
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 340 $60,630
Topeka N/A $52,940
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 210 $51,670
Lexington 210 $51,670
Fort Knox 40 $42,560
Elizabethtown 40 $42,560
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 250 $38,010
Lafayette 90 $35,300
New Orleans N/A $35,370
Metairie N/A $35,370
Monroe N/A $37,210
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 130 $67,970
Portland 130 $67,970
Auburn 50 $69,660
Lewiston 50 $69,660
Bangor N/A $47,980
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1710 $66,330
Columbia 1710 $66,330
Baltimore 1710 $66,330
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Detroit 440 $48,220
Dearborn 440 $48,220
Warren 440 $48,220
Wyoming N/A $35,940
Grand Rapids N/A $35,940
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 140 $38,040
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 220 $36,780
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jefferson City 90 $55,700
Springfield 80 $48,840
Columbia N/A $38,030
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 100 $36,840
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 140 $42,340
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 780 $41,210
Henderson 780 $41,210
Las Vegas 780 $41,210
Reno N/A $37,180
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 110 $75,120
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlantic City 160 $66,740
Hammonton 160 $66,740
Trenton 100 N/A
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque N/A $52,600
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 590 $51,520
Troy 590 $51,520
Schenectady 590 $51,520
Syracuse 370 $44,910
Rochester 360 $46,310
Niagara Falls 260 $52,060
Buffalo 260 $52,060
Cheektowaga 260 $52,060
Kingston 50 N/A
Binghamton 40 N/A
Rome 40 $38,050
Utica 40 $38,050
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 360 $41,150
High Point 180 $37,320
Greensboro 180 $37,320
Asheville 120 $34,920
Winston 120 $39,290
Salem 120 $39,290
Wilmington 110 $45,760
Fayetteville 100 $42,220
Jacksonville 40 $54,960
Durham N/A $29,650
Chapel Hill N/A $29,650
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 650 $47,750
Dayton 380 $28,430
Toledo 210 $50,160
Canton 140 $40,260
Massillon 140 $40,260
Akron 70 $39,180
Mansfield 60 $41,460
Elyria N/A $45,570
Cleveland N/A $45,570
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tulsa 680 $41,380
Oklahoma City 470 $68,570
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem N/A $58,900
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 840 $69,980
Scranton 330 $69,850
Wilkes 330 $69,850
Barre 330 $69,850
Hazleton 330 $69,850
York 200 $53,470
Hanover 200 $53,470
Lancaster 180 $37,120
Harrisburg 160 $70,980
Carlisle 160 $70,980
Lebanon 110 $54,660
Erie 50 $57,290
Altoona N/A $56,220
Reading N/A $72,500
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 820 $33,100
Carolina 820 $33,100
San Juan 820 $33,100
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Greenville 440 $39,080
Anderson 440 $39,080
Mauldin 440 $39,080
North Charleston 260 $37,450
Charleston 260 $37,450
Columbia 160 $46,980
Florence N/A $26,640
Spartanburg N/A $32,600
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 130 $43,270
Rapid City 70 $42,460
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 250 $43,350
Nashville 250 $43,350
Murfreesboro 250 $43,350
Davidson 250 $43,350
Knoxville 120 $42,820
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 2900 $47,970
Fort Worth 2900 $47,970
Arlington 2900 $47,970
Houston 2610 $62,530
The Woodlands 2610 $62,530
Sugar Land 2610 $62,530
New Braunfels 1350 $38,470
San Antonio 1350 $38,470
Austin 930 $38,920
Round Rock 930 $38,920
McAllen 370 $27,190
Edinburg 370 $27,190
Mission 370 $27,190
El Paso 230 $70,850
Corpus Christi 130 $62,350
Tyler 110 $68,570
Midland 100 $61,800
Harlingen 100 $69,440
Brownsville 100 $69,440
Waco 90 $35,000
Longview 90 $54,950
Temple 80 $48,270
Killeen 80 $48,270
Beaumont 60 $63,980
Port Arthur 60 $63,980
Laredo 60 $66,650
Amarillo 30 $39,090
Denison 30 $41,800
Sherman 30 $41,800
Lubbock N/A $71,310
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Orem 70 $38,530
Provo 70 $38,530
Salt Lake City N/A $44,700
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 750 $54,740
Lynchburg 150 $68,480
Radford 140 $39,220
Blacksburg 140 $39,220
Christiansburg 140 $39,220
Roanoke 120 $69,180
Harrisonburg 40 $49,790
Waynesboro 30 $67,840
Staunton 30 $67,840
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 1060 $53,650
Bellevue 1060 $53,650
Tacoma 1060 $53,650
Spokane Valley 70 $37,880
Spokane 70 $37,880
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Vienna 240 $71,990
Parkersburg 240 $71,990
Charleston 160 $46,690
Morgantown N/A $51,640
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eau Claire 50 $36,210
Madison 40 $68,630
Appleton N/A $42,620
West Allis N/A $45,460
Milwaukee N/A $45,460
Waukesha N/A $45,460

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

To find out more about building a career as Telecommunications Line Installers, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

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

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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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