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Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers

What they do?

Telephone installers and repairers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Operate computerized testing systems to conduct service tests on customer lines and equipment

B. Determine the nature, cause and location of service trouble

C. Initiate the dispatch of appropriate repair personnel

D. Complete test reports and maintain test and service records

E. May assist repair personnel to test lines, circuits and systems, isolate and clear cable faults and verify records.

Where they find work?

1. Information and cultural industries - 65.0%
2. Construction - 13.0%
3. Computer and electronic product manufacturing - 4.0%
4. Wholesale trade - 4.0%
5. Retail trade - 3.0%

What education do I need?

1. To be a telecommunications installation and repair worker, you need a high school diploma.

2. To be a telephone and switch network installer or repairer, you need a three- to four-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over three years' work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry-related courses.

3. To be a telecommunications equipment technician, you usually need to finish a college electrical/electronics program and have several months' on-the-job training or complete a three- or four-year apprenticeship training program.

4. Trade certification for communications electricians (network craft) is available, but voluntary, in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon.

5. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Physics
3. Mechanics / Industrial Arts
4. Computer-related courses

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers is $21.75/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers Wage By Age

Unemployment:

4% of Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($21.75) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (4%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (69%) is above the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Business machines

2. Maintenance

3. Telephone systems

Part Time Workers

Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


5% of Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 19,200 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 2% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be above average because of a tendency to retire at an earlier-than-average age (58).

Self Employed

Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 7% of Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


12% of the individuals employed as Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.