Cell Tower Technician

Maintain and upgrade cell towers to keep mobile phones ringing.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$26,000 – $104,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Cell Tower Technicians do?

The purpose of cell phone towers is to give users cell service wherever they go. The job of a Cell Tower Technician is to take care of those towers. Cell Tower Technicians (sometimes called Cell Tower Climbers or Tower Dogs) put up new ones and maintain old ones to ensure that their company’s customers have full bars of service at all times.

What’s an average day like?

The first thing you should know about being a Cell Tower Technician is that cell phone towers are tall—as in 200 to 500 feet tall! So if you have a paralyzing fear of heights, you probably shouldn’t get into this line of work. In fact, unless you really love heights, you might want to think hard about this job.

In this position, your office is found suspended in midair. Since climbing up, say, 400 feet takes a while, you don’t come down until the job is done. And a job might take you a few hours, or it might take you all day.

The other thing to be aware of is nothing makes cold weather colder than being 300 feet off the ground. Chilly weather and wind are the two biggest things Technicians who are already in this job say they dislike about their positions.

So what exactly do you do up in the air? You replace broken or worn-out parts like antennas or light bulbs, paint the towers, or string cables. You can also help build the towers from the ground up, slowly putting them together piece by piece, bolt by bolt.

Why does this job matter?

These days, almost everyone has a cell phone—wireless communication is essential for our daily lives. But without your hard work as a Cell Tower Technician, none of these cellular devices would function!

Should I be a Cell Tower Technician?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • How to become a Cell Tower Technician

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