Fiber Optics Technicians

Fiber optics technicians work with the optical fibers and cables used in transmitting communications data. Depending on the area of employment, technicians splice fibers, fuse fibers together, and install fiber cables beneath the ground and in buildings. These technicians work for telecommunications and cable companies, and other businesses involved in telecommunications. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that approximately 120,050 telecommunications line installers and repairers, including fiber optics technicians, are employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Prepare, install, and test fiber optics transmission systems
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Manager or Consultant
  • Fiber Optics Technician/Journeyman
  • Apprentice or Ground Helper

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