Cable Television Technicians

Cable Television Technician Repairs a Maintenance Line

Cable television technicians install, inspect, maintain, and repair antennas, cables, and amplifying equipment used in cable television transmission. As of May 2015, there are approximately 219,100 people working as telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, including cable television equipment servicers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Bench Technicians, Headend Technicians, Microwave Technicians, Service Technicians, Trunk Technicians
Duties Inspect cables, locate sites of signal breakdown, evaluate reception, service customer terminal boxes, answer customer questions and complaints, and repair cable systems; specialized cable technicians focus on one aspect of the cable system, such as problems in the trunk line, or parts of the headend, which is the control center of the cable television system
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all areas where cable systems are in use, with the most jobs existing in densely populated urban and suburban locations in the states of California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Georgia
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship or other on-the-job training or vocational programs
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Computer
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Head Technician
  • Cable Television Technician
  • Electronics Installer

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