Broadcast Transmitter Operators operate consoles to control radio or television broadcast transmitters.

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III or IV in broadcast technology is needed to work as a Broadcast Transmitter Operator. Broadcast Transmitter Operators often have university qualifications.

    Tasks

    • Operates microwave equipment to transmit video information to transmitter sites and receive video signals from remote locations.
    • Maintains and repairs radio and television transmitters and associated equipment.

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    • $1,327 Weekly Pay
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    Broadcast Transmitter Operators

    • 410 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 79% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 34 years Average age
    • 21% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Broadcast Transmitter Operators (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 340 in 2011 to 410 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Broadcast Transmitter Operators work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Information Media and Telecommunications industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (79%, 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 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 21% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Telecommunications93.9
    Public Administration and Safety2.0
    Arts and Recreation Services1.0
    Construction0.8
    Other Industries2.3

    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.
    StateBroadcast Transmitter OperatorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW55.931.6
    VIC21.025.6
    QLD7.320.0
    SA1.77.0
    WA5.110.8
    TAS0.72.0
    NT1.71.0
    ACT6.61.9

    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 BracketBroadcast Transmitter OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.7-5.05.0
    20-2410.9-9.39.3
    25-3439.7-22.922.9
    35-4421.5-22.022.0
    45-5418.2-21.621.6
    55-594.1-9.09.0
    60-643.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.7-4.24.2

    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 QualificationBroadcast Transmitter OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree29.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma20.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV13.7-21.121.1
    Year 1229.2-18.118.1
    Year 112.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.2-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III or IV in broadcast technology is needed to work as a Broadcast Transmitter Operator. Broadcast Transmitter Operators often have university qualifications.

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    1. Computers and Electronics

      70% Skill level

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

    2. Telecommunications

      62% Skill level

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

    3. Communications and Media

      61% Skill level

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

    4. Engineering and Technology

      60% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    5. Mechanical

      51% Skill level

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

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    1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      97% Important

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    2. Electronic Mail

      88% Important

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    3. Telephone

      88% Important

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    4. Being Exact or Accurate

      87% Important

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    5. Face-to-Face Discussions

      82% Important

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