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.
How to Become a Line Installer or Repairer
To become proficient, most line installers and repairers require technical instruction and long-term on-the-job training. Apprenticeships are common.
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.
This occupation supported 249,400 jobs in 2012 and 236,600 jobs in 2014, reflecting a decline of 5.1%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 7.3% in 2022 to 267,700 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 253,000, compared with an observed value of 236,600, 6.5% lower than expected. This indicates current employment trends are much worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to increase by 5.5% in 2024 to 250,300 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 271,300 jobs for 2024, 8.4% higher than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are much worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation.