Line installers and repairers, also known as line workers, install or repair electrical power systems and telecommunications cables, including fiber optics.
Line workers encounter serious hazards on the job, including working with high-voltage electricity, often at great heights. The work also can be physically demanding. Although most work full time during regular business hours, some work irregular hours on evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays when needed.
To become proficient, most line installers and repairers require technical instruction and long-term on-the-job training. Apprenticeships are common.
The median annual wage for line installers and repairers was $61,430 in May 2015.
Employment of line installers and repairers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be best for those with good technical and mechanical skills. Those looking to become electric power-line installers should have the best job prospects.
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