Cell tower climbers are in demand as companies begin to put the infrastructure in place for fifth-generation cellular wireless -- also known as 5G. This technology promises faster speeds and greater capacity for mobile devices.
The industry is facing a labor shortage, but many cell tower company executives are not worried. They say they are finding enough technicians to work on both traditional macro cell towers and smaller locations for small cells.
Climbers can make as much as $55,500 a year, according to ZipRecruiter. They are expected to have good communication and customer service skills, as well as the ability to work independently and with other team members.
You need at least a high school diploma or GED certificate to start as a cell tower climber. Employers will provide training on how to use rigging, safety equipment, first aid and emergency procedures.
A strong physical condition is needed to be a cell tower climber. The job requires climbing to the top of a tower and back down again when repairs are needed, so you must be in good shape to handle the work and the weight of tools and equipment.
The average wage for cell tower climbers is $41,000 to $55,500 a year, but this can vary greatly depending on location and skill level. If you're a newer tower climber, you can expect to earn around $17 per hour, while more experienced workers can make up to $29.