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Communications Operators

ANZSCO ID 342312

Overview

All Electronics Trades Workers

  • $1,348 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth

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

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 if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in a related electronics or communications field is usually required.

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.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Communications Operator without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in a related electronics or communications field is usually required.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Electrotechnology VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. Psychology

    51% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  7. Clerical

    50% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  8. Telecommunications

    49% Skill level

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

  9. Transportation

    44% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  10. Geography

    37% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  11. Law and government

    36% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  12. Education and training

    36% Skill level

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

  13. Personnel and human resources

    31% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  14. Administration and management

    28% Skill level

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

  15. Philosophy and theology

    25% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  16. Mathematics

    23% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  17. Sociology and anthropology

    21% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  18. Therapy and counselling

    21% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  19. Medicine and dentistry

    20% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  20. Engineering and technology

    17% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    52% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  2. Speaking

    50% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  3. Reading comprehension

    50% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  5. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Critical thinking

    46% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  8. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  9. Time management

    41% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  10. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  12. Serving others

    41% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  13. Social perceptiveness

    41% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  14. Active learning

    39% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  15. Operation monitoring

    39% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  16. Learning strategies

    37% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  17. Management of personnel resources

    32% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  18. Persuasion

    32% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Quality control analysis

    32% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  20. Systems analysis

    29% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Auditory attention

    57% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  4. Speech recognition

    52% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  5. Written expression

    52% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  6. Problem spotting

    50% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  7. Hearing sensitivity

    50% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  8. Selective attention

    50% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  9. Deductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  10. Finger dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  11. Inductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  12. Written comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  13. Speech clarity

    46% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  14. Flexibility of closure

    46% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  15. Near vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  16. Sorting or ordering

    46% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  17. Multitasking

    43% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  18. Categorising

    41% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  19. Perceptual speed

    37% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  20. Control precision

    36% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Documenting or recording information

    77% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    77% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    71% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  4. Researching and investigating

    69% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Looking for changes over time

    69% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  6. Planning and prioritising work

    69% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  7. Communicating with the public

    66% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  8. Scheduling work and activities

    66% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    65% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  10. Collecting and organising information

    64% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  11. Building good relationships

    64% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  12. Communicating within a team

    63% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  13. Training and teaching others

    58% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  14. Working with computers

    58% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  15. Making sense of information and ideas

    50% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  16. Assessing and evaluating things

    49% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  17. Coordinating the work of a team

    49% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  18. Checking compliance with standards

    44% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  19. Explaining things to people

    43% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  20. Checking for errors or defects

    40% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

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, 27-4013.00 - Radio Operators.

Work Environment

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.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Contact with people

    99% Important

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

  2. Telephone

    97% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    96% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Teamwork

    95% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. Spend time sitting

    94% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  7. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    94% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  8. Contact with the public

    93% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  9. Impact of decisions

    93% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  10. Electronic mail

    93% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  11. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    92% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  12. Lead or coordinate a team

    90% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  13. Repeating same tasks

    88% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  14. Health and safety of others

    87% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  15. Frequent decision making

    85% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Consequence of error

    84% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  17. Face-to-face discussions

    81% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  18. Freedom to make decisions

    80% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  19. Angry or unpleasant people

    79% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    79% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    62% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Achievement

    52% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Relationships

    52% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  4. Working conditions

    52% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Independence

    48% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  6. Recognition

    48% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    90% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    29% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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, 27-4013.00 - Radio Operators.

All Electronics Trades Workers

  • $1,348 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth

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

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 if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in a related electronics or communications field is usually required.

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.

You can work as a Communications Operator without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in a related electronics or communications field is usually required.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Electrotechnology VET training pathways.

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.

  6. Psychology

    51% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  7. Clerical

    50% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  8. Telecommunications

    49% Skill level

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

  9. Transportation

    44% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  10. Geography

    37% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  11. Law and government

    36% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  12. Education and training

    36% Skill level

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

  13. Personnel and human resources

    31% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  14. Administration and management

    28% Skill level

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

  15. Philosophy and theology

    25% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  16. Mathematics

    23% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  17. Sociology and anthropology

    21% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  18. Therapy and counselling

    21% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  19. Medicine and dentistry

    20% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  20. Engineering and technology

    17% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    52% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  2. Speaking

    50% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  3. Reading comprehension

    50% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  5. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Critical thinking

    46% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  8. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  9. Time management

    41% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  10. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  12. Serving others

    41% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  13. Social perceptiveness

    41% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  14. Active learning

    39% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  15. Operation monitoring

    39% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  16. Learning strategies

    37% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  17. Management of personnel resources

    32% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  18. Persuasion

    32% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Quality control analysis

    32% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  20. Systems analysis

    29% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Auditory attention

    57% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  4. Speech recognition

    52% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  5. Written expression

    52% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  6. Problem spotting

    50% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  7. Hearing sensitivity

    50% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  8. Selective attention

    50% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  9. Deductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  10. Finger dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  11. Inductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  12. Written comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  13. Speech clarity

    46% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  14. Flexibility of closure

    46% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  15. Near vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  16. Sorting or ordering

    46% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  17. Multitasking

    43% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  18. Categorising

    41% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  19. Perceptual speed

    37% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  20. Control precision

    36% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Documenting or recording information

    77% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    77% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    71% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  4. Researching and investigating

    69% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Looking for changes over time

    69% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  6. Planning and prioritising work

    69% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  7. Communicating with the public

    66% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  8. Scheduling work and activities

    66% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    65% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  10. Collecting and organising information

    64% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  11. Building good relationships

    64% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  12. Communicating within a team

    63% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  13. Training and teaching others

    58% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  14. Working with computers

    58% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  15. Making sense of information and ideas

    50% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  16. Assessing and evaluating things

    49% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  17. Coordinating the work of a team

    49% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  18. Checking compliance with standards

    44% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  19. Explaining things to people

    43% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  20. Checking for errors or defects

    40% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

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, 27-4013.00 - Radio Operators.

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.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Contact with people

    99% Important

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

  2. Telephone

    97% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    96% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Teamwork

    95% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. Spend time sitting

    94% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  7. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    94% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  8. Contact with the public

    93% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  9. Impact of decisions

    93% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  10. Electronic mail

    93% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  11. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    92% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  12. Lead or coordinate a team

    90% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  13. Repeating same tasks

    88% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  14. Health and safety of others

    87% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  15. Frequent decision making

    85% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Consequence of error

    84% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  17. Face-to-face discussions

    81% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  18. Freedom to make decisions

    80% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  19. Angry or unpleasant people

    79% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    79% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    62% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Achievement

    52% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Relationships

    52% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  4. Working conditions

    52% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Independence

    48% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  6. Recognition

    48% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    90% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    29% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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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, 27-4013.00 - Radio Operators.
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