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Radio Operators
SOC Code: 27-4013.00

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

Sample of reported job titles: Airline Operations Agent, Communications Specialist, Communications Technician, Flight Communications Specialist, Flight Follower, Police Communications Operator, Radio Electronics Officer (REO), Radio Electronics Technician (RET), Radio Operator, Telecommunication Operator

Tasks

  • Monitor emergency frequencies to detect distress calls and respond by dispatching emergency equipment.
  • 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.
  • Operate sound-recording equipment to record signals and preserve broadcasts for purposes such as analysis by intelligence personnel.
  • Send, receive, and interpret coded messages.
  • Repair radio equipment as necessary, using electronic testing equipment, hand tools, and power tools.
  • Coordinate radio-related aspects of locating and contacting airplanes and ships that are missing or in distress.
  • Determine and obtain bearings of sources from which signals originate, using direction-finding procedures and equipment.
  • Examine and operate new equipment prior to installation to ensure that it performs properly.
  • Review applicable regulations regarding radio communications, and report violations.

Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software - Database software
  • Electronic mail software - Email software
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Antenna tester - Antenna analyzers
  • Battery testers - Battery test tools
  • Conversation recording units - Sound recording equipment
  • Desktop computers
  • Dummy loads - Dummy antennas
  • Gas generators - Portable power generators
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver - Global positioning system GPS devices
  • Laser fax machine - Laser facsimile machines
  • Locking pliers - Channel lock pliers; Ignition pliers; Vise grip pliers
  • Microphones - Handheld microphones
  • Multimeters - Digital multimeters
  • Needlenose pliers - Needle nose pliers
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Radio antennas - Portable radio antennas
  • Radio equipment tester - Radio function testers
  • Radio frequency transmitters or receivers - High frequency HF radios; Radiotelegraphs; Radiotelephones; Very high frequency VHF radios
  • Radio navigation instruments - Radio direction finders RDF
  • Radiowave propagation measuring equipment - Standing wave ratio SWR meters
  • Satellite phone - Satellite telephones
  • Screwdrivers - Straight blade screwdrivers
  • Socket sets - Socket wrench sets
  • Soldering iron - Electric soldering irons
  • Tablet computers
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes
  • Two way radios - Mobile radios; Single channel radios
  • Utility knives - Multipurpose knives
  • Wire cutters - Wire cutting tools

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Skills

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Hearing Sensitivity - The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).

Interests

  • Interest code: RC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Contact With Others - 96% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Telephone - 92% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 82% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 94% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 83% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 85% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 86% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 84% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Electronic Mail - 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 78% responded “Very important results.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 79% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 73% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 67% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 70% responded “Every day.”
  • Consequence of Error - 62% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 73% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 40% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 40% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 19% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 21% responded “Very little freedom.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 14% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Time Pressure - 22% responded “Never.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 35% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 56% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
  • Letters and Memos - 30% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 73% responded “40 hours.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
52%High school diploma or equivalent
27%Post-secondary certificate
11%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $21.31 hourly, $44,330 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 1,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 100

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