$95,780 earning potential
Linemen deal with electrical lines, whether in utility poles or underground systems. Electrical linemen often work with high-voltage electrical lines, so they need to understand how to safely fix problems in electrical systems.
You’re not afraid of heights
You like to save the day (think power outages!)
You work well with others
You don’t mind nontraditional work hours
High school: Salem High School
Where I trained: Arkansas State University–Newport and an apprenticeship at North Arkansas Electric Cooperative
What I Earned: Technical certificate in High Voltage Lineman Technology
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I enjoy meeting new people on the job every day. That could be when replacing a pole or restoring power after a storm. I also like being a role model for kids. They definitely like and want to ride the bucket trucks. That makes your day. I also like helping the apprentices starting their careers."
"A journeyman lineman at NAEC can work his way up to lead lineman of a crew or a serviceman who works alone, then a line foreman in charge of a crew followed by a line superintendent in charge of operations work in a district."