Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers

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What do they do?

Install, set up, rearrange, or remove switching, distribution, routing, and dialing equipment used in central offices or headends. Service or repair telephone, cable television, Internet, and other communications equipment on customers' property. May install communications equipment or communications wiring in buildings.

Also known as:

Broadband Technician, Cable Television Technician (CATV Technician), Central Office Technician, Combination Technician, Communications Technician, Customer Service Technician (CST), Field Technician, Install and Repair Technician, Installer, Maintenance Technician, Network Specialist, Network Technician, Outside Plant Technician, Repair Technician, Satellite Specialist, Service Technician, Special Equipment Technician, Telecommunications Switch Technician, Telecommunications Technician, Telephone Repairer, Telephone Technician (Phone Technician)

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 8.8%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #14 in job growth rate
  • 510

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #13 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.2%)
  • Master's degree (2.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (12.9%)
  • Associate's degree (17.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (33.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (29.8%)
  • Less than high school diploma (4.2%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Explain use of products or services.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
  • Test communications equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Climb equipment or structures to access work areas.
  • Assemble electrical components, subsystems, or systems.
  • Install electrical components, equipment, or systems.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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