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Michael, a Photovoltaic Technician, shares what he likes most about his job, its challenges, how hard it is to find work and his work-life balance. Michael's key decision was deciding that he wanted to work in the trades and build stuff.

Job Title: Photovoltaic Technician

Job Summary: Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers

Job Description

Line installers and repairers install or repair electrical power systems and telecommunications cables, including fiber optics.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$35,000 - $85,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Office, Outdoor, Physically demanding, Travel
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, Teamwork, Technical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Professional Degree
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