Job prospects Telecommunications Line Installer in Ontario

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "telecommunications line installer" was moved from the group Telecommunications line and cable workers (NOC 7245) to the group Telecommunications line and cable installers and repairers (NOC 72204).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "telecommunications line installer" in Ontario or Canada.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

telecommunications line installer
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be moderate for Telecommunications line and cable workers (NOC 7245) in Ontario for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Wired telecommunications carriers, and their subcontractors
  • Building equipment contractors

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Steady population growth and business activity in Ontario
  • Government investments to upgrade and expand internet infrastructure, particularly in rural communities
  • Investments from telecommunications service providers to support increasing network demands, particularly as remote work becomes more prevalent
  • Shift away from traditional telephone line services to wireless communication

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • There is one voluntary skilled trade association with this occupation in Ontario–network cabling specialist
  • Experience with fiber, copper, coaxial and single line cables may be preferred
  • Knowledge of safety protocols related to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and/or the completion of a working at heights training program for some positions
  • A valid driver’s licence is often required to visit various sites

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • There is some seasonality associated with this occupation with better job prospects in the warmer months of the year

Here are some key facts about Telecommunications line and cable workers in Ontario:

  • Approximately 3,400 people work in this occupation.
  • Telecommunications line and cable workers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 43%
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 37%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 95% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 5% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 69% of telecommunications line and cable workers work all year, while 31% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 35 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • less than 5% of telecommunications line and cable workers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: more than 95% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: less than 5% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: 9% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 44% compared to 27% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 11% compared to 6% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 28% compared to 26% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 6% compared to 21% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour Market Information Survey
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