We calculated that 14% of Locators are proficient in Weather Conditions, Company Vehicle, and Paperwork. They’re also known for soft skills such as Customer-service skills, Dexterity, and Troubleshooting skills.
We break down the percentage of Locators that have these skills listed on their resume here:
Some of the skills we found on locator resumes included "weather conditions," "company vehicle," and "paperwork." We have detailed the most important locator responsibilities below. Troubleshooting skills is also an important skill for locators to have. This example of how locators use this skill comes from a locator resume, "line installers and repairers must diagnose problems in increasingly complex electrical systems and telecommunication lines." Read this excerpt from a resume to understand how vital it is to their everyday roles and responsibilities, "conducted troubleshooting activities on aerial and underground copper and fiber optic cables. "A locator responsibilities sometimes require "color vision." The responsibilities that rely on this skills are shown by this resume excerpt: "workers who handle electrical wires and cables must distinguish colors because the wires and cables are often color coded." This resume example shows how this skill is used by locators: "string and repair telephone and television cable, including fiber optics and other equipment for transmitting messages or television programming. "Yet another important skill that a locator must demonstrate is "mechanical skills." Line installers and repairers must have the knowledge and skills to repair or replace complex electrical and telecommunications lines and equipment. This is clearly demonstrated in this example from a locator who stated: "operated and maintains mechanical and electronic equipment. "Another skill commonly found on locator resumes is "physical strength." This description of the skill was found on several locator resumes: "line installers and repairers must be strong enough to lift heavy tools, cables, and equipment on a regular basis." Here's an example from a resume of how this skill could fit into the day-to-day locator responsibilities: "level iii locator identified underground utilities using geophysical equipment. "
See the full list of locator skills.
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a locator. We found that 14.8% of locators have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 1.7% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While some locators have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every two locators were not college graduates.
Those locators who do attend college, typically earn either a business degree or a criminal justice degree. Less commonly earned degrees for locators include a general studies degree or a computer science degree.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become a locator. We've found that most locator resumes include experience from USIC, Ledcor Group of Companies, and UtiliQuest. Of recent, USIC had 666 positions open for locators. Meanwhile, there are 95 job openings at Ledcor Group of Companies and 69 at UtiliQuest.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, locators tend to earn the biggest salaries at Black Hills, Shelter House Inc.'s, and Xcel Energy. Take Black Hills for example. The median locator salary is $52,305. At Shelter House Inc.'s, locators earn an average of $37,825, while the average at Xcel Energy is $36,661. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
View more details on locator salaries across the United States.
We also looked into companies who hire locators from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include USIC, UtiliQuest, and Verizon Communications.