Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers

General Information

Description

Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
  • Utility System Construction
  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)

Job Outlook

Overall employment of line installers and repairers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by specialty. Employment of telecommunications line installers and repairers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. As the population grows and customers increasingly demand enhanced connectivity, installers will continue to build out and provide newer and faster telephone, cable, and Internet services. However, growth may be limited because many households already have access to high speed Internet. New technological developments in wireless broadband service and the future development of the 5G mobile broadband network may eventually replace the need for hard-wired telecommunication lines. However, the existing telecommunication infrastructure will require upgrades to handle the 5G network, which should increase demand for some line installers. Employment of electrical power-line installers and repairers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be largely due to the growing population and expansion of cities. With each new housing development or office park, new electric power lines are installed and will require maintenance. In addition, the interstate power grid will continue to grow in complexity to ensure reliability.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$63,010

State-by-state Salary

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$106,690
$40,740
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 59%
  • High school 39%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Administration and Management

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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