After a hurricane hits, you might see utility trucks rolling into the neighborhood with linemen aboard to climb poles and repair power lines. They're an essential part of major storm recovery operations across the country.
Despite being physically demanding, this is an in-demand job that offers steady hours and good pay. In addition to repairing power lines, linemen inspect the electric grid for damage and perform maintenance work on equipment to keep it running properly.
Aspiring linemen typically begin their career with an apprenticeship. Unlike other careers where you can simply apply for an internship after high school, an electrical lineman apprenticeship usually requires four years to complete and offers a steady salary as you learn the trade.
If you have experience working on construction sites, you may be able to find a company that sends out linemen on storm chases, said Kohler. You can earn up to $14,000 for a week of work, he said.
You can find an electrician apprenticeship program through a utility company or you can enroll in an online pre-apprenticeship program to learn the trade first. You will also need a high-school diploma or GED certificate and a driver's license to start an apprenticeship. During an apprenticeship, you'll work with a mentor who's a lineworker and receive classroom instruction and on-the-job training.