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.

    You usually need a formal qualification in telecommunications to work as a Telecommunications Technical Specialist. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Telecommunications Technical Specialists.

    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

    All Telecommunications Technical Specialists

    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 4,000 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 43 years Average age
    • 10% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Telecommunications Technical Specialists (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 4,000 in 2018 to 4,200 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Telecommunications Technical Specialists work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 10% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20085400
    20095200
    20104700
    20116000
    20125100
    20134000
    20144400
    20153600
    20165400
    20175300
    20184000
    20234200

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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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)
    Information Media and Telecommunications65.6
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8.7
    Public Administration and Safety4.1
    Construction3.9
    Other Industries17.7

    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.
    StateTelecommunications Technical SpecialistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW33.431.6
    VIC30.125.6
    QLD17.820.0
    SA6.17.0
    WA7.710.8
    TAS2.42.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT1.81.9

    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 BracketTelecommunications Technical SpecialistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.4-5.05.0
    20-243.9-9.39.3
    25-3423.5-22.922.9
    35-4425.3-22.022.0
    45-5426.3-21.621.6
    55-5911.1-9.09.0
    60-647.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.5-4.24.2

    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 QualificationTelecommunications Technical SpecialistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree21.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma24.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV28.7-21.121.1
    Year 129.7-18.118.1
    Year 112.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below3.6-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in telecommunications to work as a Telecommunications Technical Specialist. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Telecommunications Technical Specialists.

    You must also be registered with the Australian Communication and Media Authority.

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

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Telecommunications

      86% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      73% Skill level

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

    3. Computers and Electronics

      70% Skill level

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

    4. Mathematics

      65% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Administration and Management

      61% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1143.01 - Telecommunications Engineering Specialists.

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    Demands

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

    1. Electronic Mail

      98% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Telephone

      98% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      92% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Contact With Others

      88% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      86% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1143.01 - Telecommunications Engineering Specialists.

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