Telecommunications Technicians install, maintain and repair telecommunications equipment and appliances, such as telephones, mobile telephones, switchboards and data transmission equipment, in homes, businesses, telephone exchanges and other network sites.

Also known as: Communications Technician.

Specialisations: Technician Telecommunication Systems (Army).

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in telecommunications technology is needed to work as a Telecommunications Technician.

Tasks

  • Locates faults in telecommunications equipment using instruments such as ohmmeters, voltmeters, ammeters and transmission measuring equipment.
  • Attaches wires and cables to appliances.
  • Adjusts, replaces and repairs faulty items, and tests equipment using electronic instruments.
  • Installs telecommunications equipment and appliances such as telephones, switchboards and data transmission equipment.

All Telecommunications Trades Workers

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

Telecommunications Technicians

  • 12,700 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Telecommunications Technicians (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
from 11,300 in 2011 to 12,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Telecommunications Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Construction; and Other Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (87%, much 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: 4% 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.

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)
Information Media and Telecommunications64.3
Construction9.1
Other Services6.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4.4
Other Industries15.5

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 TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW30.131.6
VIC23.225.6
QLD21.620.0
SA7.27.0
WA12.510.8
TAS2.32.0
NT1.61.0
ACT1.51.9

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 TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.7-5.05.0
20-248.4-9.39.3
25-3426.7-22.922.9
35-4422.1-22.022.0
45-5423.2-21.621.6
55-599.4-9.09.0
60-646.5-6.06.0
65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

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 TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree10.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV49.7-21.121.1
Year 1212.7-18.118.1
Year 113.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below6.7-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in telecommunications technology is needed to work as a Telecommunications Technician.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Telecommunications Technician.

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Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Telecommunications 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. Telecommunications

    76% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    67% Skill level

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

  3. Computers and Electronics

    64% Skill level

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

  4. Mechanical

    59% Skill level

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

  5. Education and Training

    53% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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, 49-2022.00 - Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

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

  1. Telephone

    92% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  2. In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

    92% Important

    How often do you work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car)?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    90% 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. Freedom to Make Decisions

    87% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

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, 49-2022.00 - Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers.

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