My job takes me all over the country, basically wherever our services are needed.
Last year I was only home for I think 3 maybe 4 months total, the rest of the time I was out in the field, working to restore power to people after disasters.
The job pays well, and I like that I get to help people, but the surroundings are never top notch. We rarely get to sleep in a hotel or any other place with a real roof, mostly we stay in tents and trailers on the work site. The trailers usually come with air conditioning, or heating as needed, but the tents are just tents, and sleeping there long term can become a major problem. Going a few nights in blazing heat and humidity without any A/C is inconvenient, for sure, but several weeks worth of that is pure torture. For the longer stays they usually send out a few air conditioned trailers that we can bunk in, but not always. This is actually an improvement over the past years, when the bosses didn’t even put climate control in the trailers. Me and a few other of the senior technicians all filed a complaint, saying that spending so long in the field with no cooling system was a dangerous work environment. Now they make sure the senior guys all have access to A/C but that does not extend to any local workers, who are still on their own. Maybe next year they will extend the A/C to those workers, as well.