Elevator installer and repairer
National average salary: $38.36 per hour
Primary duties: The primary duties of the elevator installers and repairers typically include reading blueprints to determine what tools and equipment are needed for the job and to look for malfunctions in switches, motors, brakes and control systems. They may also install or repair elevator doors, cables, motors and control systems.
Requirements: Most elevator installers and repairers are required to complete a formal apprenticeship program, which is typically offered by industry associations such as the Association of Elevator Contractors, or elevator unions such as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers or the International Union of Elevator Constructors. The apprentice program usually includes at least 2,000 hours of on-the-job training, which allows apprentices to learn the basics of electronic and electrical theory, safety, blueprints, math and applied physics.