Responsible for installing and repairing hybrid fiber coax, copper and fiber optic cables that deliver communications services such as internet, phone and TV to residential and business customers. Lineman deal with electrical lines, whether in utility poles or underground systems. They often work with high-voltage electrical lines, so they need to understand how to safely fix problems in electrical systems.

Job Outlook 2016–2026*

+14% expected growth

Education/Training Required

Minimum = High school diploma or equivalent


  • Help maintain a safe work environment
  • Build and maintain electric lines
  • Help with troubleshooting and restoration of power outages as needed
  • Monitor work areas or procedures to ensure compliance with safety procedures
  • Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning
  • Control power supply connections
  • Climb equipment or structures to access work areas
  • Drive trucks or other vehicles to or at work sites
  • Build transformer banks
  • Operate bucket and digger trucks safely and efficiently

Wages in Arkansas**

Top 10% Annual = $95,780

Average Annual = $69,960
Average Hourly = $33.63

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