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Cable Television Technicians
Employment for telecommunications equipment installers and repairers is expected to grow slower than the average for all occupations through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). General installation and maintenance work won't be in high demand because many buildings are now prewired and modern telecommunications equipment is sturdier and more reliable than it's been in the past. However, consumers, businesses, and governments will continue to need cable and wireless services for faster and better connections, so there will be job opportunities for installers and repairers. Cable companies will need technicians to install additional fiber optic cables, work with new technologies that increase cable line capacities and capabilities, and maintain the systems. In addition, installation of systems may become more time consuming as customers personalize their selection of services for their various needs. More jobs will stem from the growing popularity of video on demand and broadband Internet, which require high data transfer rates in telecommunications systems. Headend technicians and other related workers will be needed to maintain and repair switchers and routers. Those with strong technical skills should have good employment opportunities.