“Getting a Good Job in America” Part 11 – Electrical Lineworker

Every time there is a big winter storm or hurricane that takes out the power grid for an area, we suddenly become very aware of electrical lineworkers. These are the people who put all the downed/damaged power lines back together after the storm. But they also do lots of stuff during a normal day as well in the form of repairs, upgrades, installations, etc. Every time you see a bucket truck working on a power line, you are seeing lineworkers in action. Glen Campbell even had a famous song many years ago called Wichita Lineman that made the job famous for a time.

This is not a glamorous job necessarily, and sometimes you end up working in atrocious weather, but the job can pay well. If you look it up on Google you will see a block like this:

A lineworker is a tradesman who constructs and maintains electric power transmission, telecommunications lines and distribution lines. A lineworker generally does outdoor installation and maintenance jobs. Those who install and maintain electrical wiring inside buildings are electricians. Wikipedia

$60,000 a year or $30 per hour is something to think about, and no college degree is required. There is also demand and job openings. But you do need a little training, as described in these videos:

Become an Electrical Lineman in 2021? Salary, Jobs, Forecast
What It’s Like To Be An Electrical Lineman

Getting the training to be a Lineworker

There are different ways to get the training. Community colleges in your area may offer the training, as described in this video:

Power Line Worker Training School
Southside Virginia Community College

There are also commercial options that are easy to find with a Google search.

More Jobs Articles

Easy directory of all of Marshall Brain’s Jobs-related blog posts:

  1. Introduction to “Getting a Good Job in America”
  2. “Getting a Good Job in America” Part 2 – How do you gain skills?
  3. “Getting a Good Job in America” Part 3 – Newsweek weighs in with 19 jobs
  4. “Getting a Good Job in America” Part 4 – Driving a Truck
  5. “Getting a Good Job in America” Part 5 – Information Technology (IT) and Cybersecurity jobs
  6. “Getting a Good Job in America” Part 6 – Google Career Certificates
  7. “Getting a Good Job in America” Part 7 – Becoming an Engineer
  8. “Getting a Good Job in America” Part 8 – Making the most of entry-level sales jobs
  9. “Getting a Good Job in America” Part 9 – Jobs to Avoid
  10. “Getting a Good Job in America” Part 10 – Medical jobs like Nurse Practitioner
  11. “Getting a Good Job in America” Part 11 – Electrical Lineworker

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