Career Comparison

See how a career as a lineman stacks up to other career options you may be considering. As you will see, as a lineman you'll enjoy being paid more, receive better benefits and have opportunities wherever your career takes you.

Welder Journeyman Lineman
Anticipated Salary $35,500 - $43,500 $75,000 and more
Education Required Technical School and/or On-The-Job Training Apprenticeship Training
Travel Required None Yes
Career Track Supervisor, Inspectors Supervisor, Trainer, Independent Business Owner
Job Outlook Affected By Cycles In Construction Industry Very good because of a lack of qualified applicants in the marketplace
Benefits Varies By Employer And Union Membership Excellent Benefits, Including Healthcare, Retirement and Ongoing Education
Work Environment Outdoor/Indoor Primarily Outdoor
After Hours Workload None None
Physical Exertion / Hazardous High High
Draftsperson Journeyman Lineman
Anticipated Salary $40,000 - $55,000 $75,000 and more
Education Required Post-Sedondary Drafting Program Apprenticeship Training
Travel Required No Yes
Career Track Architect (Additional Education Required) Supervisor, Trainer, Independent Business Owner
Job Outlook Dependent on growth in community Very good because of a lack of qualified applicants in the marketplace
Benefits Varies by Size of Business Excellent Benefits, Including Healthcare, Retirement and Ongoing Education
Work Environment Primarily Indoors Primarily Outdoor
After Hours Workload Deadlines None
Physical Exertion / Hazardous Marginal High
Over-the-Road Truck Driver Journeyman Lineman
Anticipated Salary $50,000 - $65,000 $75,000 and more
Education Required Training and Licenses Required Apprenticeship Training
Travel Required Extensive Yes
Career Track Owner-operator Supervisor, Trainer, Independent Business Owner
Job Outlook Stable Very good because of a lack of qualified applicants in the marketplace
Benefits Excellent Excellent Benefits, Including Healthcare, Retirement and Ongoing Education
Work Environment Outdoor Primarily Outdoor
After Hours Workload None, Hours Are Limited By Government None
Physical Exertion / Hazardous High High
Concrete Laborer Journeyman Lineman
Anticipated Salary $30,000 - $37,500 $75,000 and more
Education Required On-The-Job Training Apprenticeship Training
Travel Required Varies By Employer Yes
Career Track Supervisor Supervisor, Trainer, Independent Business Owner
Job Outlook Affected By Cycles In Construction Industry Very good because of a lack of qualified applicants in the marketplace
Benefits Varies By Employer And Union Membership Excellent Benefits, Including Healthcare, Retirement and Ongoing Education
Work Environment Outdoor Primarily Outdoor
After Hours Workload None None
Physical Exertion / Hazardous High High
Mechanic Journeyman Lineman
Anticipated Salary $31,000 - $43,000 $75,000 and more
Education Required Specialized Training Programs Apprenticeship Training
Travel Required No Yes
Career Track Independent Business Owner Supervisor, Trainer, Independent Business Owner
Job Outlook Employment Expected To Increase Through 2014 Very good because of a lack of qualified applicants in the marketplace
Benefits Varies By Size Of Business Excellent Benefits, Including Healthcare, Retirement and Ongoing Education
Work Environment Indoor Primarily Outdoor
After Hours Workload None None
Physical Exertion / Hazardous Moderate High
Industrial Sales Journeyman Lineman
Anticipated Salary $35,000 - $53,000 (Commision-Based) $75,000 and more
Education Required Bachelor's Degree In Engineering Preferred Apprenticeship Training
Travel Required Yes Yes
Career Track Marketing Director Supervisor, Trainer, Independent Business Owner
Job Outlook Employment Expected To Increase Through 2014 Very good because of a lack of qualified applicants in the marketplace
Benefits Varies By Company Excellent Benefits, Including Healthcare, Retirement and Ongoing Education
Work Environment Indoor Primarily Outdoor
After Hours Workload Entertaining None
Physical Exertion / Hazardous Marginal High
Autobody Repair Person Journeyman Lineman
Anticipated Salary $26,000 - $37,500 $75,000 and more
Education Required Vocational/Technical School Apprenticeship Training
Travel Required None Yes
Career Track Supervisor, Shop Owner Supervisor, Trainer, Independent Business Owner
Job Outlook Excellent, As Number of Cars On The Road Increase Very good because of a lack of qualified applicants in the marketplace
Benefits Varies By Employer Excellent Benefits, Including Healthcare, Retirement and Ongoing Education
Work Environment Indoor Primarily Outdoor
After Hours Workload None None
Physical Exertion / Hazardous Medium High
Roofer Journeyman Lineman
Anticipated Salary $22,000 - $30,000 $75,000 and more
Education Required Apprenticeship And/Or On-The-Job Training Apprenticeship Training
Travel Required Varies By Employer Yes
Career Track Supervisor, Businessowner Supervisor, Trainer, Independent Business Owner
Job Outlook Stable Very good because of a lack of qualified applicants in the marketplace
Benefits Varies By Employer Excellent Benefits, Including Healthcare, Retirement and Ongoing Education
Work Environment Outdoor Primarily Outdoor
After Hours Workload Varies By Employer None
Physical Exertion / Hazardous High High