CABLE: NOW HIRING
The United States paused on Monday in an annual tribute to the contributions our nation’s workers make to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Among that workforce are 2.9 million individuals employed directly or indirectly by the cable industry, including 151,527 in Texas who are making a $22.6 billion economic impact in our state. That number is only expected to grow, which is good news for cable customers and for those looking for a career in the industry.
Across the country, the cable industry is putting individuals to work. A job survey found that each of the nation’s 435 congressional districts has at least 300 employees who work directly for cable operators. That includes Texas, where 16,614 cable company workers are spread among 36 congressional districts – see how many cable employees work in your district.
Direct and indirect employment attributable to the cable operator industry has increased by nearly 1.2 million jobs since 2002– about the population of Dallas, according to the 2010 census.
Cable analysts expect employment to continue to rise.Why? Cable companies are branching into new service areas beyond traditional video, broadband and home phone. For example, Comcast, Charter Spectrum and Altice USA – all of which serve Texans – are offering or preparing to offer mobile phone services. Cable operators also are expanding into home security and home automation, which will only grow as the more devices become broadband connected through the “internet of things.”
Job growth also is forecast because cable providers continue to invest billions of dollars to upgrade networks and deliver new technologies to their customers. This requires additional skilled technicians.
Expansion of the cable job market is evident in the latest annual industry compensation survey by the Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association. The 2017 survey recognized 318 positions employed by multi-system cable operators, including six new job families and 35 new positions. Most of the new areas focused on cybersecurity, customer advocacy, marketing, sales, installation and new services support.
The survey also recognized 485 employment positions on the programmer side of the cable industry, which develops television shows and other viewing content. New positions in that sector are focused on digital content development and distribution. The program network industry directly and indirectly accounted for more than 1.26 million U.S. jobs in 2016, an increase of nearly 500,000 jobs over nine years.
Also of interest is the fact that more and more of cable’s jobs are being filled by women and minorities. Female executives and senior-level managers have made “measurable progress” in employment opportunities since 2015, while representation of minority professionals in the cable industry “exceeds the national benchmark at all levels” except on boards of directors, where representations “is on par with the national benchmark,” according to biennial survey jointly commissioned by Women in Cable Telecommunications and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications.