Energy Transmission and Distribution Workers

Electrician Working on Utility Pole

Energy transmission and distribution workers are employed in the electric light and power industry. They operate and maintain power-regulating equipment and networks of high-voltage power lines that send electricity from power plants to domestic, industrial, and commercial users. Approximately 55,990 power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers and 115,380 electrical power-line installers and repairers are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Cable Splicers, Line Installers, Nuclear Reactor Operators, Substation Operators
Duties Operate and maintain power-regulating equipment and networks of high-voltage power lines
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training/experience and/or an apprenticeship required to become fully qualified
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Background check; drug and alcohol screening
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Troubleshooter, or Trainer, or Shift Supervisor
  • Lineworker, or Load Dispatcher, or Substation Operator
  • Ground Helper or Assistant

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