WHAT DO CABLE INSTALLERS DO?
Cable installers work in homes and businesses to install and repair telecommunications cables, This could be phone lines, internet cables or cable television. If it comes into your home or office through a cable, then a cable installer put it there. Cable installers typically drive to people's homes in vans or trucks that are outfitted with the tools and materials needed to install or repair cables, and are prepared for different types of installations, whether they be under the house or on top of a building. They test lines when there is trouble reported by the customer, and modify, adjust or replace equipment that is malfunctioning.
Cable installers often work directly with the customer, and customer service is a big part of this job, as is the technical know-how to use diagnostic equipment and tools to service telecommunications equipment.
HOW MUCH DO CABLE INSTALLERS MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that in 2010, the median annual income for cable installers was $54,710, or $26.30 an hour.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
An associate's degree or certification program in electronics repair, computer science or similar areas might get you started, but companies are looking for cable installers with more and more advanced knowledge. A four year degree is becoming more important for advancement, and cable installers will have to have ongoing education to keep up to date on the latest technologies.
Certification is available.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Bookkeeping: Cable installers need to keep track of parts used, time spent at a customer's house and repairs made.
- Color Vision: Wires and cables are color coded for safety reasons, and installers must have color vision to help them in their job.
- Customer Service: Working directly with customers means that cable installers need to be friendly, polite and be able to describe the actions being taken during repair or installation.
- Dexterity: Installing and repairing wires and cables means using your hands, and having full range of motion in your hands and fingers is necessary.
- Technical Skills: Working with computers, diagnostic equipment and complex machines is part of the job.
- Troubleshooting: Cable installers need to be able to find the root cause of technical issues and devise a solution for repairing it.
THE FUTURE OF CABLE INSTALLERS
Growth between 2010 and 2020 should remain about average according to the BLS.