National average salary: $19.57 per hour
Primary duties: Also known as "electrical linemen", electrical power-line installers and repairers install, maintain, remove and repair high-voltage and low-voltage distribution lines and associated facilities and equipment. They are usually on 24-hour call to quickly respond to power outages and other emergencies. They must effectively perform many tasks to help deliver electrical power from generating stations into houses, factories, businesses and other facilities.
Requirements: Electrical power-line installers and repairers must hold a high school diploma or GED. They must complete an apprenticeship program, which usually takes around four to five years to complete. The apprenticeship program provides a comprehensive study of the mechanical, physical, safety and ethical requirements of the electrical industry. They must also obtain approximately 640 hours of classroom training.