Cablers (Data and Telecommunications) install internal telecommunications and data cabling, equipment and peripherals for computer networks, telephony, cable television and monitored security and fire alarms.

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in telecommunications technology is needed to work as a Cabler (Data and Telecommunications).

    Tasks

    • Examines drawings, specifications and work areas to determine positioning and connections for equipment to be installed.
    • Installs cabling for telephone, radio, pay tv and computer transmission.
    • Joins cables and seals sheaths with lead and thermoplastic.

    All Telecommunications Trades Workers

    • $1,656 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Cablers (Data and Telecommunications)

    • 2,200 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 73% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 2% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Cablers (Data and Telecommunications) (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 2,800 in 2011 to 2,200 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Cablers (Data and Telecommunications) work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (73%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Telecommunications Trades Workers.

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Construction52.2
    Information Media and Telecommunications37.2
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.5
    Other Services1.7
    Other Industries6.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateCablers (Data and Telecommunications)All Jobs Average
    NSW34.331.6
    VIC22.425.6
    QLD19.020.0
    SA9.27.0
    WA10.210.8
    TAS1.62.0
    NT1.11.0
    ACT2.21.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketCablers (Data and Telecommunications)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.6-5.05.0
    20-249.2-9.39.3
    25-3421.1-22.922.9
    35-4424.7-22.022.0
    45-5423.0-21.621.6
    55-599.3-9.09.0
    60-646.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.7-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationCablers (Data and Telecommunications)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree5.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV50.6-21.121.1
    Year 1217.0-18.118.1
    Year 115.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below11.7-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in telecommunications technology is needed to work as a Cabler (Data and Telecommunications).

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Cabler (Data and Telecommunications).

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • construction induction card (white card)
    • working at heights ticket

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Telecommunications

      79% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and personal service

      62% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Computers and electronics

      57% Skill level

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

    4. English language

      54% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    5. Public safety and security

      52% Skill level

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

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Outdoors, exposed to weather

      97% Important

      Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

    2. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

      96% Important

      Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

    3. Contact with people

      96% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    4. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      95% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    5. Telephone

      94% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9052.00 - Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers.

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