Telecom Technicians set up and maintain devices or equipment that carry communications signals, such as telephone lines and Internet routers. These workers use many different tools to inspect equipment and diagnose problems. For instance, to locate distortions in signals, they may employ spectrum analyzers and polarity probes. They also commonly use hand tools, including screwdrivers and pliers, to take equipment apart and repair it.

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Telecom Technicians set up and maintain devices or equipment that carry communications signals, such as telephone lines and Internet routers. These workers use many different tools to inspect equipment and diagnose problems. For instance, to locate distortions in signals, they may employ spectrum analyzers and polarity probes. They also commonly use hand tools, including screwdrivers and pliers, to take equipment apart and repair it.

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Job Prospects


Some job opportunities should come from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation. Although job opportunities will vary by specialty, those with an associate’s degree and strong customer-service skills should have the best job prospects.

Technologies such as mobile video streaming and broadband Internet require high data transfer rates in telecommunications systems. Central office and headend technicians are likely to be needed to service and upgrade switches and routers to handle increased data usage, resulting in some job opportunities for them.

Employment projections data for telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, 2016-26


Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2016 Projected Employment, 2026 Change, 2016-26 Employment by Industry
Percent Numeric
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers 49-2022 237,600 219,400 -8 -18,200 xlsx

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Employment projections data for telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, 2016-26


Occupational Title
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
SOC Code
49-2022
Employment, 2016
237,600
Projected Employment, 2026
219,400
CHANGE, 2016-26
PERCENT
-8
NUMERIC
-18,200
EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY
xlsx

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Pay


The median annual wage for telecommunications equipment installers and repairers was $53,380 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,100, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $80,530.

In May 2017, the median annual wages for telecommunications equipment installers and repairers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:


Telecommunications $55,150
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $54,730
Cable and Other Subscription Programming $51,600
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable goods $50,570
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors $46,880

Most telecom technicians worked full time in 2016. Some businesses offer 24-hour repair services. Telecom technicians in these companies work shifts, including evenings, holidays, and weekends. Some are on call around the clock in case of emergencies.

Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers


Median annual wages, May 2017


Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

Job Outlook


Employment of telecommunications equipment installers and repairers is projected to decline 8 percent from 2016 to 2026.

Employment is projected to decline in the telecommunications industries, specifically in wired telecommunications carriers, the industry that employs most of these workers. Consumers increasingly demand wireless and mobile services, which often require less installation, instead of landline-based services. This shift in demand means that telecommunications companies are expected to require fewer telecommunications equipment installers.

Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers


Percent change in employment, projected 2016-26


Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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