Especially in the United States the career title Community Antenna Television Technician is often shortened to CATV Technician or simply Cable Technician. In fact the abbreviation CATV is rarely ever used in Americans modern-day vernacular because it has been replaced by the broad word of cable.
Most people in the United States have graduated from the use of an antenna to obtain a television signal and have adapted to the use of a coaxial cable connected to their televisions to watch both local television and cable stations.
Community antenna television technicians first appeared in the late 1940s but the career has progressed over time to a job in which linemen enter a residential home or a place of business and literally connect the televisions andor computers in those locations to an adjoining cable wire which in turn allows for the transmission of signals.
Similarly when a cable television customer decides to end their subscription to the service the community antenna television technician is responsible for shutting off the service. They are also responsible for identifying problems and fixing issues related to the transmission of signals through the cable wire.
The largest employers of community antenna television technicians or cable linemen are cable companies located throughout the world. In order to be successful in this career technicians must be able to skillfully work with their hands and have excellent face-to-face customer service skills.
The minimum educational requirement for this job is a high school diploma however an associates degree in a technical or electronics field can help a person obtain their first job.
Ehow.com reports that the salary for a community antenna television technician is approximately $63000 per year.