2020 was a huge year for cell phone signal boosters. Sales were higher than ever. Lockdowns worldwide did much more than facilitate a desire for signal boosters. It created a necessity. Record numbers of people working from home need them. What’s more, these devices designed for the home weren’t the only boosters on the rise. Cell phone signal boosters for vehicles sold a record number of units, as well. This isn’t a surprise knowing that in-country travel went way up in 2020.
So who’s buying all of these devices? What do they do for work? What industries benefit the most from cell signal boosters? In this article, we reveal the most common jobs SureCall customers have. This information is curated from countless phone conversations with customers as well as thousands of customer reviews.
If you’ve been thinking about getting a signal booster, consider the information found here as well as these two questions:
- are you working from home?
- are you putting lots of miles on a vehicle (personal or company) for work?
Considering all this info will help determine if getting a signal booster is right for you. They make work more productive and life more convenient. Let’s start with jobs that are on-the-go. Then we’ll talk about home and office-based work.
The trucking industry consistently accounts for the highest percentage of signal booster sales in Canada. Despite living in the age of technology, these road warriors remain indispensable to the North American economy. As they drive across long distances for days at a time, they encounter just about every type of terrain there is. They’re very familiar with inclement weather and they’re certainly no strangers to dead zones. Because of all this, it isn’t any wonder that truck drivers heavily rely on cell phone signal boosters.
Utility workers include folks in a number of industries, including internet, cable, electricity, trash collection, sewer, water, security systems, and gas. People working these jobs communicate constantly with their co-workers and superiors, especially while on the job. Utility workers often get assignments that take workers - sometimes just a single person - out of the suburbs and into a rural area. It is not uncommon for people in these positions to have boosters in their vehicles.
Canadian telecom workers are more than just those that climb up the telephone poles in support belts. People working in telecom design and perform a number of wireless communication services, including cell tower installation. There are many engineering jobs in the telecom industry, as well. Signal boosters are very popular with people working in this field.
This is one industry that sometimes gets forgotten in public discourse. But it’s very much alive and well. The rail industry in Canada employs thousands of people, from administrative assistants and traffic controllers to drivers and material handlers, and many more. Obviously, the rail industry is all about travel, and those who work here do a lot of it. Hence, the importance of signal boosters.
Ambulances and other emergency medical vehicles often have signal boosters installed. The life-and-death circumstances that modern medical personnel deal with on a daily basis requires unbroken reception at all times. The medical industry in Canada and the United States accounts for a notable percentage of signal boosters sold in both countries.
This title refers to all the Canadians working in private and public transportation. This industry is massive and includes trams, buses, light rail, underground metro, and more. Thousands of transit workers utilize cell phone signal boosters to enhance their efficiency at work.
Oil Field Workers
Oil is Canada’s biggest export earner. The industry employs hundreds of thousands of people. Efficiency on an oil rig or in an oil field leans heavily on reliable cell signal. These fields are often in rural areas, and rigs are offshore. Both of these environments are notorious for bad cell signal. That’s why oil field workers use cell phone signal boosters regularly, onsite and in their personal vehicles.
Delivery drivers for Amazon, Fed Ex, USPS, and UPS incorporate signal boosters into many of their vehicles.
Building contractors work almost exclusively outside, often in rural areas - ideal environments to reap the benefits of signal boosters. There are some professions that are notorious for requiring constant phone communication. This is one of them. Contractors are always on the phone, taking care of business, and maintaining relationships with third parties. Not to mention working long days and driving long distances. The life of a BC is demanding. And that’s why they depend on cell phone signal boosters.
Virtually every Canadian city has police officers. And every police officer must stay in constant communication with their station. But as you know, not every area in Canada has good reception. This has just as much impact on law enforcement as it does civilians. Depending on the area, cell phone signal boosters are extremely common in law enforcement vehicles. If you’re on the force, it’s imperative that you stay connected all the time.
Many Uber and Lyft drivers install signal boosters in their cars depending on the areas where they operate.
Taxi / Limo
To help provide the best possible experience for their riders, taxi and limo drivers install cell phone signal boosters.
SureCall has many loyal customers in the lawn care and landscaping industries. We could also include other locally-based service industries here, such as HVAC, swimming pools, and others.
Similar to truck drivers, couriers deliver payloads from point A to point B. Depending on the territory a courier covers, a booster can be indispensable.
News Video Crew
If you want to work with a news crew, hopefully you like traveling because they do a lot of it. It’s very common for official news vans and other company vehicles to be fitted with signal boosters. You never know where you’ll be sent from one day to the next, and whether or not the location will have an adequate signal.
This is another profession that’s predominately outside. And like building contractors, job sites (as well as the travel to and from these sites) are often fraught with poor cellular signal. Many construction workers use signal boosters all the time.
Field Techs & Installers
If you’re a field tech or an installer, no matter the industry, you travel. A lot. Thousands of Canadian industries hire field techs and installers, requiring them to travel from location to location. They go wherever the next install is scheduled. And depending on the nature of your job, driving out to rural areas is commonplace. Many of these companies provide company vehicles with signal boosters for their field techs.
Urban growers, agriculturists, meteorologists, hydrologists, environmental scientists all spend a significant amount of time outside and travel a lot. Signal boosters are popular with this group.
These lucky folks make a living traveling the world and writing about their experiences. As you already know by now, cell phone signal boosters are popular with jobs that involve extensive travel. And this is certainly one of those.
The image this title conjures up might be archaic to some, but this profession is very much alive and well, even in Canada. Life on the road requires a good cell signal.
Park Rangers & Park Service
Finding yourself off the grid is all in a day's work for park rangers and other park service workers.
Lab Tech / Assistant
Reliable cell reception is critical to lab technicians. Their work relies on specialized equipment that often incorporates companion mobile and desktop apps. Few professional communities are as connected as those working in science and research.
There are many food delivery workers in Canada whose routes include areas with spotty reception. And since most of them use the GPS feature on their smartphone to find your address, signal boosters are important.
Film/TV Production Crew
Film crews find themselves in some of the most exotic and remote locations in the world. Canadian film crews are very familiar with setting up shop in areas with bad reception. This is why signal boosters are used frequently on location and on film sets.
Click here for a case study from SureCall.com about a real-life storm chaser and his experience with a signal booster.
Integrator positions come in many forms. But the two characteristics that all integrators share are extensive travel and constant communication. If a company decides they need to hire someone as an integrator, that means they need someone who wears many hats. An integrator keeps all leadership accountable, executes business plans, acts as a mediator, and is essentially the glue that keeps the organization on the same page. It’s essential that this person has a reliable cell signal.
Anyone Working From Home Because Of Lockdowns
Government response to COVID-19 has given millions of people worldwide no choice but to work from home. Countless jobs that have always required employees to show up to the office have been forced to create remote options. And not everyone lives in a place with a good signal. Cell phone signal boosters have become a necessity for so many in order to work from home.
Doctors & Nurses / Telemedicine
In some areas of Canada, telemedicine is the only way for patients and doctors to communicate. And the role of telemedicine has increased dramatically since COVID-19. Skype, Google Hangouts, and Zoom have become essential to doctors all over the world. Because of this, a strong cell signal is more important to medical professionals than ever.
First Responders On Call
Paramedics, fireman, and so many other first responders often need signal boosters because they have to be on call all the time.
Web Design / Support
These jobs are fully dependent on the internet, which means that quality cell signal is a priority.
Education / Teachers / Professors
Video chat software has become as indispensable to educators as it has to doctors. For many Canadian students, Zoom is their new way of life; it’s completely replaced the traditional classroom. Signal boosters are extremely common in the homes of both teachers and students.
Click here to learn about an American private school that installed a signal booster system on their campus.
Most writers work from home, and many of them use signal boosters to stay connected.
Small Business Owners
Economically speaking, small businesses have been hit the hardest by the shutdowns. As these entrepreneurs do their best to stay afloat, they’re using signal boosters more than ever. So many businesses have been forced to adapt and change many of their practices. And staying connected has been a priority.
Click here to learn how a SureCall signal booster solved many problems for a martial arts studio.
33 Canadian Jobs That Most Benefit From Cell Signal Booster At Work- Conclusion
Do you use a cell phone signal booster but didn’t see your job on the list? If so, let us know in the comments or reach out to us. We’d love to hear your story.