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Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers Except Line Installers

Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers Except Line Installers
Quick Facts : Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers Except Line Installers*
2010 Median Pay$54,710
Entry Level EducationPostsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012194,900
Job Outlook15% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change28,400


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, or access the Internet.

What Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers Except Line Installers Do

  • Install communications equipment in offices, private homes, and buildings that are under construction
  • Perform equipment maintenance, such as inspecting wiring and phone jacks
  • Test repaired, newly installed, or updated equipment to ensure that it works properly
  • Adjust or modify equipment to improve its performance
  • Demonstrate and explain the use of equipment to customers

Work Environment

Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers generally work in climate-controlled central offices or electronic service centers. Some workers travel frequently to installation and repair sites, such as homes and offices. Most installers and repairers work full time, and overtime is common.
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Job Outlook

Employment of telecommunications equipment installers and repairers is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, as demand for telecommunications equipment will continue to grow with faster Internet connections.
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Pay

The average salary of telecommunications equipment installers and repairers was $54,710 in May 2010.
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Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers Except Line Installers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers Except Line Installers

54710

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers Except Line Installers*
Percent Change in Employment

Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers Except Line Installers

14.5716

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers Except Line Installers

Postsecondary education in electronics and computer technology is important for telecommunications equipment technicians. For more complex work, a 4-year degree may be the best preparation. Industry certification is required for some positions.
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