Communications Operators transmit and receive radio messages by use of morse code, voice and radio teletype.

Specialisations: Communication Information Systems Sailor (Navy), Communications and Information Systems Controller (Air Force), Operator Specialist Communications (Army).

You can work as a Communications Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Sends and receives messages by satellite communication systems, radio, radio telegraph, radio telephone, morse or radio telex.
  • Records incoming messages, including navigational and other data, keeping a log of messages sent and received.
  • Makes minor repairs to radio equipment or radar.
  • Provides a watch on maritime distress frequencies.
  • Broadcasts navigational and weather warnings from coastal stations to ships at sea.
  • Operates equipment which interconnects with inland service.

All Electronics Trades Workers

  • $1,348 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Communications Operators

  • 1,400 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 47 hours Average full-time
  • 29 years Average age
  • 27% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Communications Operators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,500 in 2011 to 1,400 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Communications Operators work in many parts of Australia. The Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 29 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (27%).
  • Gender: 27% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Public Administration and Safety84.2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing7.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.8
Mining1.6
Other Industries4.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCommunications OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW27.331.6
VIC15.525.6
QLD23.020.0
SA3.97.0
WA12.810.8
TAS0.62.0
NT6.91.0
ACT9.91.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCommunications OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.8-5.05.0
20-2424.4-9.39.3
25-3442.4-22.922.9
35-4415.2-22.022.0
45-5410.3-21.621.6
55-592.1-9.09.0
60-641.8-6.06.0
65 and Over1.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationCommunications OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree6.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV26.2-21.121.1
Year 1240.6-18.118.1
Year 116.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below7.2-12.512.5

You can work as a Communications Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

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Employers look for Electronics Trades Workers 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. Customer and Personal Service

    76% Skill level

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

  2. Computers and Electronics

    58% Skill level

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

  3. Public Safety and Security

    56% Skill level

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

  4. English Language

    55% Skill level

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

  5. Communications and Media

    54% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

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Demands

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

  1. Contact With Others

    99% Important

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

  2. Telephone

    97% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  3. Being Exact or Accurate

    96% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    95% Important

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

  5. Work With Work Group or Team

    95% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

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