Become a Satellite Installer

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Satellite installing is a career choice for many people. It is an industry in demand all over the United States (and world). You can work as an installer for one of the major satellite providers, a local retailer or create your own company. It is a rewarding, challenging and profitable profession to become involved in. You will have to be trained properly, certified and other requirements may be needed. Any person willing to spend the time necessary to learn the trade can become a successful satellite installer.

  • Figure out your career goals. There are three different satellite installers and each have pros and cons. Satellite installers who work directly for DirecTV or Dish Network must meet all of their requirements, are paid a set amount, install only their specific equipment, get benefits and usually work in large regions. Local satellite retailers may install both satellite systems; requirements and pay will vary, most likely will work you as an Independent Contractor with no benefits and work will be local. Satellite installers who form their own company have the freedom to set their own prices, requirements, benefits and other business decisions; however, they also will have to pay for it all and be responsible for it.

  • Check out the two major satellite providers. Use the links in Resources if you are interested in working directly for Dish Network or DirecTV. The majority of jobs listed for Dish Net include training. In order to work for DirecTV, you must have an installation company. Fill in the information requested and follow the directions provided to pursue a satellite installer career with them.

  • Get the proper satellite installation education. It will vary on your location as to the specific mandatory training needed or available. Contact your local college, trade school or adult education programs for possible training. Education on satellite installation can also be found in books, DVDs or online. Make certain you understand what you will receive (certificate, degree or nothing) for your education. Some of the online or self-taught classes may not qualify you to become an installer. You can contact local satellite retailers for on-the-job training or apprenticeship opportunities. Evaluate all of your choices, make your decision and complete the necessary schooling.

  • Create your own satellite installing company. If you have the finances, willingness to learn and know someone who is a professional installer (to begin right away), you can establish your own business. Contact your state and local business officials to find out what licenses, insurances or other mandatory items are needed to begin. The SBA (Small Business Administration) or the US Chamber or Commerce has numerous helpful links on their websites to assist you in formulating your own satellite installing business.

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