Telecommunications Technical Specialists develop, monitor and carry out technical support functions for telecommunications networks and install computer equipment, computer systems and microwave, telemetry, multiplexing, satellite and other radio and electromagnetic wave communication systems.

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Sometimes relevant vendor certifications may also be required. Around three in five workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed.

Tasks

  • installing, maintaining, repairing and diagnosing malfunctions of microwave, telemetry, multiplexing, satellite and other radio and electromagnetic wave communication systems
  • configuring and integrating network and telecommunications technology with computer software, hardware, desktops, peripherals, databases and operating systems
  • developing and recording logs of the details, locations and status of inventories, parts, equipment and instruments and maintaining the documentation of communication policies, procedures, guidelines and regulations, and quality standards
  • providing technical advice and information, and monitoring the performance of complex telecommunications networks and equipment
  • planning the development of customer access telecommunications network infrastructure
  • liaising with vendors, suppliers, service providers and external resources and monitoring contractual obligations and performance delivery
  • providing ongoing operational support in designing, optimising, troubleshooting, diagnosing, repairing and resolving of telecommunications network performance malfunctions, defects and faults

Job Titles

  • Radiocommunications Technician
  • Telecommunications Field Engineer
  • Telecommunications Network Planner
  • Telecommunications Technical Officer, or Technologist
  • Radiocommunications Technician

    Installs, maintains, repairs and diagnoses malfunctions of microwave, telemetry, multiplexing, satellite and other radio and electromagnetic wave communication systems.

  • Telecommunications Field Engineer

    Plans, designs, commissions and monitors complex telecommunications networks and associated equipment, provides technical advice and information, and identifies complex problems and initiates action to resolve them.

  • Telecommunications Network Planner

    Plans the development of customer access telecommunications network infrastructure.

  • Telecommunications Technical Officer, or Technologist

    Carries out specialised design and support functions in telecommunications engineering including optimisation and performance monitoring of telecommunications networks, diagnosis and repair of faults, and the selection and installation of equipment.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    moderate
  • Skill Level

    Associate Degree or Diploma
  • Employment Size

    5000
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    91.3%
  • Female Share

    8.7%
  • Full-Time Share

    100.0%

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This is a very small occupation employing 5,000 workers. The number of workers has stayed about the same over the past 5 years.
Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow moderately to 5,400. Around 4,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).

  • Telecommunications Technical Specialists work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Information Media and Telecommunications; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Construction.
  • Almost all Telecommunications Technical Specialists work full-time
  • The average age is 38 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20073600
20085500
20095200
20104800
20116100
20125100
20134000
20144100
20153300
20165300
20175000
20225400

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Hours

Full-Time and Part-Time Status (% Share) and Average Weekly Hours (Full-Time)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryTelecommunications Technical SpecialistsAll Jobs Average
Full-time10068.4
Part-time031.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)36.240

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Information Media and Telecommunications76.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5.7
Construction5.3
Mining5
Other Industries7.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateTelecommunications Technical SpecialistsAll Jobs Average
NSW36.731.8
VIC25.625.5
QLD26.819.8
SA4.16.8
WA2.811.2
TAS0.52
NT0.31.1
ACT3.21.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketTelecommunications Technical SpecialistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-241.7-9.99.9
25-3429-23.423.4
35-4432.3-21.721.7
45-5421.5-21.121.1
55-5914.4-8.78.7
60-641-5.95.9
65 and Over0-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryTelecommunications Technical SpecialistsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males91.3Males53.6
Females8.7Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Sometimes relevant vendor certifications may also be required.
Around three in five workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Telecommunications Technical Specialists who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Telecommunications

    93% Important

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  2. Computers and Electronics

    83% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    82% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Mechanical

    71% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  5. Public Safety and Security

    68% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

    85% Important

    Communicating with customers, the public, government, and others in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

  2. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    85% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Documenting/Recording Information

    83% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  4. Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment

    82% Important

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic machines, devices, and equipment.

  5. Getting Information

    81% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-2022.00 - Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers.

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