Career Overview

A lineman installs, maintains, and repairs electrical and telecommunication wires. The lineman featured in this video, Nick, works for a power company.


Completing a program in electronics or a related field may be helpful in getting one of these positions. The completion of an on-the-job apprenticeship program is probably necessary to be a lineman.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$35,000 /yr
$60,000 /yr
$88,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • Electronics
  • Trade-related courses
Work Environment

Lineman typically work for power or telecommunication providers. This work may require working in bad weather conditions. In addition, it may be very physically challenging. You may be climbing utility poles to great heights!

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada