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Telecommunications Technical Specialists

ANZSCO ID 3132

Overview

All Telecommunications Technical Specialists

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • 5,700 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 10% female Gender Share

Telecommunications Technical Specialists develop, monitor and carry out technical support functions for telecommunications networks and install computer equipment, computer systems and microwave, telemetry, multiplexing, satellite and other radio and electromagnetic wave communication systems.

You usually need a formal qualification in telecommunications technology or electrotechnology to work as a Telecommunications Technical Specialist. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • installing, maintaining, repairing and diagnosing malfunctions of microwave, telemetry, multiplexing, satellite and other radio and electromagnetic wave communication systems
  • configuring and integrating network and telecommunications technology with computer software, hardware, desktops, peripherals, databases and operating systems
  • developing and recording logs of the details, locations and status of inventories, parts, equipment and instruments and maintaining the documentation of communication policies, procedures, guidelines and regulations, and quality standards
  • providing technical advice and information, and monitoring the performance of complex telecommunications networks and equipment
  • planning the development of customer access telecommunications network infrastructure
  • liaising with vendors, suppliers, service providers and external resources and monitoring contractual obligations and performance delivery
  • providing ongoing operational support in designing, optimising, troubleshooting, diagnosing, repairing and resolving of telecommunications network performance malfunctions, defects and faults

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a formal qualification in telecommunications technology or electrotechnology to work as a Telecommunications Technical Specialist. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Transmission & Distribution VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Telecommunications Technical Specialists 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

    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.

  6. Engineering and technology

    61% Skill level

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

  7. Clerical

    61% Skill level

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

  8. Technical design

    58% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  9. English language

    56% Skill level

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

  10. Sales and marketing

    53% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  11. Education and training

    46% Skill level

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

  12. Physics

    44% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  13. Public safety and security

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Building and construction

    42% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  15. Law and government

    41% Skill level

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

  16. Communications and media

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Economics and accounting

    38% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  18. Mechanical

    37% Skill level

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

  19. Personnel and human resources

    37% Skill level

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

  20. Production and processing

    35% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Coordination with others

    54% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  4. Active learning

    52% Skill level

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

  5. Writing

    52% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Critical thinking

    50% Skill level

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

  7. Complex problem solving

    50% Skill level

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

  8. Speaking

    50% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    48% Skill level

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

  10. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

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

  11. Systems evaluation

    48% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  12. Social perceptiveness

    46% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  13. Instructing

    46% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Serving others

    46% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  15. Management of personnel resources

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Systems analysis

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Time management

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Persuasion

    41% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  20. Equipment maintenance

    36% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Written comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  2. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  5. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

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

  6. Deductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Speech clarity

    52% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  8. Written expression

    52% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

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

  10. Sorting or ordering

    50% Skill level

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

  11. Brainstorming

    48% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  12. Categorising

    48% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  13. Originality

    46% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  14. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  15. Colour discrimination

    46% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  16. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Mathematics

    45% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  18. Working with numbers

    45% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  19. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  20. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

Activities

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

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    84% Skill level

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

  2. Planning and prioritising work

    77% Skill level

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

  3. Building good relationships

    72% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  4. Giving expert advice

    71% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  5. Coordinating the work of a team

    71% Skill level

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

  6. Communicating with the public

    70% Skill level

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

  7. Communicating within a team

    69% Skill level

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

  8. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    69% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    68% Skill level

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

  10. Researching and investigating

    68% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  11. Making sense of information and ideas

    67% Skill level

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

  12. Collecting and organising information

    66% Skill level

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

  13. Thinking creatively

    66% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  14. Documenting or recording information

    65% Skill level

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

  15. Looking for changes over time

    63% Skill level

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

  16. Working with computers

    61% Skill level

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

  17. Assessing and evaluating things

    59% Skill level

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

  18. Checking compliance with standards

    58% Skill level

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

  19. Leading and encouraging a team

    57% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    52% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

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, 15-1143.01 - Telecommunications Engineering Specialists.

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. 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.

  6. Teamwork

    85% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Freedom to make decisions

    82% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  8. Being exact or accurate

    81% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Letters and memos

    81% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  10. Unstructured work

    80% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  11. Time pressure

    78% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  12. Lead or coordinate a team

    77% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  13. Impact of decisions

    77% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  14. Responsible for outcomes

    73% Important

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

  15. Frequent decision making

    72% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Contact with the public

    69% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  17. Spend time sitting

    67% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  18. Competition

    65% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  19. Health and safety of others

    63% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  20. Conflict situations

    63% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

Values

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

  1. Achievement

    71% Important

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

  2. Support

    71% 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.

  3. Working conditions

    67% Important

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

  4. Recognition

    57% 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.

  5. Independence

    52% 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. Relationships

    48% 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.

Interests

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

  1. Practical

    86% Important

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

  2. Enterprising

    76% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    43% Important

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

  5. Creative

    19% Important

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

  6. Helping

    19% 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, 15-1143.01 - Telecommunications Engineering Specialists.

All Telecommunications Technical Specialists

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • 5,700 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 10% female Gender Share

Telecommunications Technical Specialists develop, monitor and carry out technical support functions for telecommunications networks and install computer equipment, computer systems and microwave, telemetry, multiplexing, satellite and other radio and electromagnetic wave communication systems.

You usually need a formal qualification in telecommunications technology or electrotechnology to work as a Telecommunications Technical Specialist. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • installing, maintaining, repairing and diagnosing malfunctions of microwave, telemetry, multiplexing, satellite and other radio and electromagnetic wave communication systems
  • configuring and integrating network and telecommunications technology with computer software, hardware, desktops, peripherals, databases and operating systems
  • developing and recording logs of the details, locations and status of inventories, parts, equipment and instruments and maintaining the documentation of communication policies, procedures, guidelines and regulations, and quality standards
  • providing technical advice and information, and monitoring the performance of complex telecommunications networks and equipment
  • planning the development of customer access telecommunications network infrastructure
  • liaising with vendors, suppliers, service providers and external resources and monitoring contractual obligations and performance delivery
  • providing ongoing operational support in designing, optimising, troubleshooting, diagnosing, repairing and resolving of telecommunications network performance malfunctions, defects and faults

You usually need a formal qualification in telecommunications technology or electrotechnology to work as a Telecommunications Technical Specialist. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Transmission & Distribution VET training pathways.

Employers look for Telecommunications Technical Specialists 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

    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.

  6. Engineering and technology

    61% Skill level

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

  7. Clerical

    61% Skill level

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

  8. Technical design

    58% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  9. English language

    56% Skill level

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

  10. Sales and marketing

    53% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  11. Education and training

    46% Skill level

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

  12. Physics

    44% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  13. Public safety and security

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Building and construction

    42% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  15. Law and government

    41% Skill level

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

  16. Communications and media

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Economics and accounting

    38% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  18. Mechanical

    37% Skill level

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

  19. Personnel and human resources

    37% Skill level

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

  20. Production and processing

    35% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Coordination with others

    54% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  4. Active learning

    52% Skill level

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

  5. Writing

    52% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Critical thinking

    50% Skill level

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

  7. Complex problem solving

    50% Skill level

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

  8. Speaking

    50% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    48% Skill level

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

  10. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

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

  11. Systems evaluation

    48% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  12. Social perceptiveness

    46% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  13. Instructing

    46% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Serving others

    46% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  15. Management of personnel resources

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Systems analysis

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Time management

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Persuasion

    41% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  20. Equipment maintenance

    36% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Written comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  2. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  5. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

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

  6. Deductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Speech clarity

    52% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  8. Written expression

    52% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

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

  10. Sorting or ordering

    50% Skill level

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

  11. Brainstorming

    48% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  12. Categorising

    48% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  13. Originality

    46% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  14. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  15. Colour discrimination

    46% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  16. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Mathematics

    45% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  18. Working with numbers

    45% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  19. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  20. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

Activities

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

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    84% Skill level

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

  2. Planning and prioritising work

    77% Skill level

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

  3. Building good relationships

    72% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  4. Giving expert advice

    71% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  5. Coordinating the work of a team

    71% Skill level

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

  6. Communicating with the public

    70% Skill level

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

  7. Communicating within a team

    69% Skill level

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

  8. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    69% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    68% Skill level

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

  10. Researching and investigating

    68% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  11. Making sense of information and ideas

    67% Skill level

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

  12. Collecting and organising information

    66% Skill level

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

  13. Thinking creatively

    66% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  14. Documenting or recording information

    65% Skill level

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

  15. Looking for changes over time

    63% Skill level

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

  16. Working with computers

    61% Skill level

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

  17. Assessing and evaluating things

    59% Skill level

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

  18. Checking compliance with standards

    58% Skill level

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

  19. Leading and encouraging a team

    57% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    52% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

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, 15-1143.01 - Telecommunications Engineering Specialists.

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. 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.

  6. Teamwork

    85% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Freedom to make decisions

    82% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  8. Being exact or accurate

    81% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Letters and memos

    81% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  10. Unstructured work

    80% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  11. Time pressure

    78% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  12. Lead or coordinate a team

    77% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  13. Impact of decisions

    77% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  14. Responsible for outcomes

    73% Important

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

  15. Frequent decision making

    72% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Contact with the public

    69% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  17. Spend time sitting

    67% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  18. Competition

    65% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  19. Health and safety of others

    63% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  20. Conflict situations

    63% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

Values

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

  1. Achievement

    71% Important

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

  2. Support

    71% 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.

  3. Working conditions

    67% Important

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

  4. Recognition

    57% 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.

  5. Independence

    52% 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. Relationships

    48% 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.

Interests

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

  1. Practical

    86% Important

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

  2. Enterprising

    76% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    43% Important

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

  5. Creative

    19% Important

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

  6. Helping

    19% 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, 15-1143.01 - Telecommunications Engineering Specialists.
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