Communications Cable/Fiber Optics Technician
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$38,400 - $88,600 35,100+

What Does a Fiber Optics Technician or Cable Technician Do?

Not every worker makes information more accessible, but a fiber optics technician certainly does.

A fiber optics technician — also called a cable technician, cable installer or telecommunications technician — designs, installs, operates, maintains and repairs telecommunication networks for high-speed internet, television and telephone services. This involves different types of cables used to transfer data, primarily fiber optic cables but also copper cables. (Fiber optics technology uses sheathed glass threads to transmit light.) 

Technicians design cabling systems that connect the network, and they also run the cables. Some technicians specialize in installing the cable while others specialize in troubleshooting.

Technology is constantly changing, and this career is on the cutting edge of that trend. If you’re interested in a career that requires only one or two years of training for a substantial paycheck, keep reading to learn more. 

A fiber optics technician connects a network
The work environment of fiber optics technicians is always changing. One day they’re working on a pole, and the next they’re running cable in a basement. (Credit: SOMCHAI DAENGNGAM/Shutterstock)


  • Install telecommunication cables, including in trenches and difficult-to-reach places
  • Inspect and repair fiber optic cables and other types of cables
  • Protect optical fiber from the elements and keep clean
  • Create networking plans, including layout, installation and testing
  • Troubleshoot lines and networking equipment
  • Check signal strength across all elements of the network

Becoming a Fiber Optics Technician: FAQs

The bottom line:

There’s a good reason this career is one of SkillPointe’s highest-paying trade jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree. If you’re interested in being a critical frontline worker who keeps information flowing, you’ve landed on the right description. It’s a great fit for someone who is interested in technology, is physically fit, doesn’t want an office job and likes working in a variety of settings. Sound like you? Check out the training options near you.

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