Working As A Satellite Dish Technician

Satellite dishes are common among many households and businesses for television, internet and telecommunications services. A satellite dish works as an antenna to receive electromagnetic signals and produce these services. A satellite dish technician installs, repairs and maintains satellite dishes and their related equipment. They travel to customers locations to provide these services and use a variety of tools and equipment to do their job.

Satellite Dish Technician Jobs

Many satellite dish technician jobs are entry level jobs and employers typically require only a high school diploma or GED for this occupation. Those who obtain vocational training in electronics and telecommunications will have better employment opportunities, as employers prefer those who are trained. Training is generally low cost and can be completed in as little as six months. Satellite dish technicians should have good technical skills and willing to work in indoor and outdoor environments. Most satellite dishes are installed on rooftops or outside buildings. The job also requires a driver’s license, because technicians travel most of their work day. Technical skills include a basic understanding of electronic equipment, a mechanical aptitude and computer skills.

Although technological advances continue to decrease the use of satellite dishes for telecommunications, this occupation is one of many stable careers in this industry because skills are easily transferable into many other related careers. Satellite dish technicians also install the equipment to communicate with the satellite dish such as cable wires, routers, modems and telephone lines. All of these skills are required for jobs related to all telecommunications installation, maintenance and repair. These stable careers will be around for many years to come to help individuals and businesses continue to communicate electronically.

Among the many telecommunications careers, which include satellite dish technicians, the average salary is about $52,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entry-level wages range from $31,000 to $41,000 per year, depending on the skills required and responsibilities of the job. Because telecommunications equipment is critical for communications, many employers also offer overtime wages to ensure satellite equipment is functioning properly for their customers at all times. A career as a satellite dish technician can be rewarding, both personally and financially.