Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.
Median Annual Wage: $54,450
Education: High school diploma or equivalent (60%); Post-secondary certificate (14%); Less than high school diploma (13%)
Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Related Job Titles: Service Technician; Installer; Field Service Technician; Lineman; Combination Technician; Outside Plant Technician; Cable Splicer; Cable Technician; Installation and Repair Technician (I & R Technician); Cable Television Technician (CATV Technician)
Travel to customers' premises to install, maintain, or repair audio and visual electronic reception equipment or accessories.
Measure signal strength at utility poles, using electronic test equipment.
Inspect or test lines or cables, recording and analyzing test results, to assess transmission characteristics and locate faults or malfunctions.
Splice cables, using hand tools, epoxy, or mechanical equipment.
Access specific areas to string lines or install terminal boxes, auxiliary equipment, or appliances, using bucket trucks, or by climbing poles or ladders, or entering tunnels, trenches, or crawl spaces.
Clean or maintain tools or test equipment.
String cables between structures and lines from poles, towers, or trenches and pull lines to proper tension.
Pull up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks.
Lay underground cable directly in trenches or string it through conduits running through trenches.