Also known as Cable Splicer, Cable Technician, Cable Television Technician (Cable TV Tech), Combination Technician, Field Service Technician, Installation and Repair Technician (I R Technician), Installer, Lineman, Outside Plant Technician, Service Technician
Also known as Cable Splicer, Cable Technician, Cable Television Technician (Cable TV Tech)
Telecommunications Line Technicians install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.
Telecommunications Line Technicians are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Telecommunications Line Technicians. More generally, Telecommunications Line Technicians are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Telecommunications Line Technician is $58,870, and the average salary is $61,860. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Telecommunications Line Technician salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Telecommunications Line Technicians earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Telecommunications Line Technicians earn less than $34,180 per year, 25% earn less than $41,060, 75% earn less than $82,030, and 90% earn less than $97,840.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Telecommunications Line Technicians is expected to change by -0.6%, and there should be roughly 13,100 open positions for Telecommunications Line Technicians every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Telecommunications Line Technician are usually higher in their Realistic interests.
Telecommunications Line Technicians typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Telecommunications Line Technician tend to value Support, Relationships, and Independence.
Most importantly, Telecommunications Line Technicians strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Telecommunications Line Technicians moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Telecommunications Line Technicians moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Telecommunications Line Technicians must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, attention to detail, and cooperation.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Telecommunications Line Technicians, ranked by importance:
Working as a Telecommunications Line Technician usually requires a high school diploma.
Telecommunications Line Technicians need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Telecommunications Line Technicians may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as telecommunications, customer and personal service, or public safety and security knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Telecommunications Line Technicians might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Telecommunications Line Technicians must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Telecommunications Line Technicians need abilities such as oral comprehension, oral expression, and near vision in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Telecommunications Line Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Telecommunications Line Technicians frequently use skills like complex problem solving, operations monitoring, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Telecommunications Line Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
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