|Quick Facts: Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers|
$55,190 per year
$26.53 per hour
|Postsecondary nondegree award|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, also known as telecom technicians, set up and maintain devices or equipment that carry communications signals, connect to telephone lines, and access the Internet.
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers generally work in central offices or electronic service centers. They also work in the homes and offices of customers. Some technicians must travel frequently to installation and repair sites.
Telecom technicians have a higher rate of injuries and illnesses than the national average.
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers typically need postsecondary education in electronics, telecommunications, or computer technology, and receive on-the-job training. Industry certification is required for some positions.
The median annual wage for telecommunications equipment installers and repairers was $55,190 in May 2014.
Employment of telecommunications equipment installers and repairers is projected to decline 4 percent from 2014 to 2024. Consumers are increasingly demanding wireless and mobile services, which often require less installation. Some job opportunities should come from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation. Candidates with a 2-year degree and strong customer-service skills should have the best job prospects.
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