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The job of installing and repairing power lines is the seventh deadliest job in the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting for 23 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2012.

That compares with three deaths per 100,000 workers for all occupations.

The hazards of the job are no deterrent to Kevin Mikes, 38, a line mechanic from the Town of Troy who has worked for We Energies for the past 13 years....

Compensation: The average annual salary for electrical power line installers and repairers in Wisconsin was $68,960 in 2012, according to the state Department of Workforce Development. Entry-level line installers made $57,340 a year, while experienced line installers earned $74,760 a year.

To get in: Educational requirements are a high school diploma or the equivalent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To become proficient, most line installers and repairers require technical instruction and long-term on-the-job training. Apprenticeships are common.

Outlook: Employment of line installers and repairers is projected to grow 13% from 2010 to 2020, according to the Department of Workforce Development. Nationally, employment is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations, at 7% from 2012 to 2022, according to the bureau.

Ken Notes: you may want to share this with your students... 57,300 out of the program with jobs waiting!

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