Telecommunications Engineering Professionals design, construct, install, service and support telecommunications equipment, systems and facilities.

    You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as a Telecommunications Engineering Professional. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • planning, designing, building, configuring and commissioning telecommunications devices, networks and systems, such as voice, radio, two-way, data, microwave, satellite and digital data systems, and ensuring telecommunications systems interconnect with equipment from different manufacturers, service providers and users
    • compiling engineering project proposals to define goals, identify scope, background and need, and ascertain cost of equipment, parts and services
    • evaluating and procuring new products and services from vendors
    • ensuring compliance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures in the provision of telecommunications systems
    • selecting and developing new telecommunications sites by locating sites, filing documents, drawing up documents for approval, drafting construction drawings and following through to approval
    • determining appropriate configurations of telecommunications hardware and software, ensuring desired performance of telecommunications equipment
    • preparing and interpreting specifications, drawings and regulations for the use of telecommunications equipment
    • determining the type and arrangement of circuits, transformers, circuit-breakers, transmission lines and equipment
    • identifying and analysing problems and needs of existing telecommunications systems, such as interference, intelligibility and clarity, to determine the most appropriate means of reducing, eliminating and avoiding current and future problems and improve communications
    • monitoring telecommunications systems to assess need for updates, upgrades, enhancements, preventive maintenance and new systems
    • assessing performance levels of system hardware and software to project future needs, and developing shortand long-terms plans for updating equipment, adding capabilities, enhancing existing systems and providing improved telecommunications

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    • $2,279 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 15,500 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 17% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Telecommunications Engineering Professionals (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 15,500 in 2018 to 18,500 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 10,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Telecommunications Engineering Professionals work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and Victoria have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,279 per week (very high compared to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, 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 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 17% 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
    200811300
    20099300
    201010800
    201112700
    20129900
    20137600
    20148300
    201510200
    201611200
    201712000
    201815500
    202318500

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsTelecommunications Engineering ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings22791460

    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 Telecommunications58.2
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services15.8
    Wholesale Trade7.4
    Public Administration and Safety4.0
    Other Industries14.6

    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 Engineering ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
    NSW40.031.6
    VIC33.125.6
    QLD11.520.0
    SA4.37.0
    WA6.410.8
    TAS1.02.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT3.11.9

    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 Engineering ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.2-5.05.0
    20-243.4-9.39.3
    25-3429.6-22.922.9
    35-4432.8-22.022.0
    45-5421.7-21.621.6
    55-597.0-9.09.0
    60-643.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.7-4.24.2

    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 QualificationTelecommunications Engineering ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate24.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree43.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV9.7-21.121.1
    Year 126.8-18.118.1
    Year 110.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.2-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as a Telecommunications Engineering Professional. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Membership with the Australian Computer Society may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

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

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    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • 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 Engineering Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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    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

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Telephone

      98% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      92% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Contact with people

      88% Important

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

    5. Indoors, heat controlled

      86% Important

      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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