Those with Denver construction jobs in telecommunications line installation and repair can look forward to good pay and a good amount of employment opportunities.
Telecommunications line installers and repairers put up and maintain the cables used by telephone, cable television, Internet, and other communications companies. These include fiber-optic cables, which are made of glass and plastic and transmit signals using light, and require special skills in order to splice and terminate.
The majority of employers require line installers and repairers to have at least a high school diploma. Once hired, employees typically undergo years of long-term, on-the-job training, as well as some classroom work. Many candidates also opt to take formal apprenticeships.
There were about 171,000 telecommunications line installers and repairers throughout the nation during 2008, and that number is expected to grow by 1 percent by 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Employment in the Denver area is anticipated to increase from 377 workers during 2009 to 385 workers by 2019, resulting in eight additional jobs and an average annual growth rate of .2 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment.
The majority of all line installers work for telecommunications companies, including cable television distribution and telecommunications companies. The remainder work for construction contractors and electric power generation, transmission, and distribution companies.
The top industries that employed telecommunications line installers and repairers in the Denver area last year include:
- Electronics and appliance stores
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Specialty trade contractors
During 2009, the average wage for telecommunications line installers and repairers was $18.90 per hour or $39,302 per year, while the average entry-level wage was $13.92 per hour or $28,955 per year and the average experienced-level wage was $23.12 per hour or $48,096 per year.