Radio Operators

Receive and transmit communications using radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations. May repair equipment.

Median Annual Wage: $46,380

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (52%); Post-secondary certificate (27%); Some college, no degree (11%)

Projected Growth: Little or no change (-2% to 2%)

Related Job Titles: Communications Specialist; Radio Electronics Officer (REO); Flight Communications Specialist; Radio Operator; Telecommunication Operator; Airline Operations Agent; Flight Follower; Police Communications Operator; Communications Technician; Radio Electronics Technician (RET)

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  • Communicate with receiving operators to exchange transmission instructions.
  • Operate radio equipment to communicate with ships, aircraft, mining crews, offshore oil rigs, logging camps and other remote operations.
  • Broadcast weather reports and warnings.
  • Maintain station logs of messages transmitted and received for activities such as flight testing and fire locations.
  • Conduct periodic equipment inspections and routine tests to ensure that operations standards are met.
  • Turn controls or throw switches to activate power, adjust voice volume and modulation, and set transmitters on specified frequencies.

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Radio Operators.

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