Also known as Avionics Technician, Communications Systems Technician, Communications Tower Technician, Field Service Technician, Radio Frequency Technician (RF Technician), Radio Repairman, Radio Service Technician (Radio Service Tech), Radio Technician (Radio Tech), Tower Technician, Two-Way Radio Technician (Two-Way Radio Tech)
Also known as Avionics Technician, Communications Systems Technician, Communications Tower Technician
Communications Systems Technicians repair, install, or maintain mobile or stationary radio transmitting, broadcasting, and receiving equipment, and two-way radio communications systems used in cellular telecommunications, mobile broadband, ship-to-shore, aircraft-to-ground communications, and radio equipment in service and emergency vehicles.
In addition, Communications Systems Technicians may test and analyze network coverage.
Communications Systems Technicians are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Communications Systems Technicians. More generally, Communications Systems Technicians are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Communications Systems Technician is $57,720, and the average salary is $60,790. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Communications Systems Technician salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Communications Systems Technicians earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Communications Systems Technicians earn less than $32,450 per year, 25% earn less than $41,980, 75% earn less than $78,870, and 90% earn less than $97,780.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Communications Systems Technicians is expected to change by 4.4%, and there should be roughly 1,600 open positions for Communications Systems Technicians every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Communications Systems Technician are usually higher in their Realistic interests.
Communications Systems Technicians typically have very strong Realistic interests. 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.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Communications Systems Technician tend to value Achievement, Support, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Communications Systems Technicians moderately value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Second, Communications Systems Technicians moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Communications Systems Technicians moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Communications Systems Technicians must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Communications Systems Technicians, ranked by importance:
Communications Systems Technicians often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Communications Systems Technicians usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Communications Systems Technicians may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as telecommunications, computers and electronics, or engineering and technology knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Communications Systems Technicians might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Communications Systems Technicians must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Communications Systems Technicians need abilities such as problem sensitivity, near vision, and deductive reasoning in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Communications Systems Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Communications Systems Technicians frequently use skills like equipment maintenance, repairing, and active listening to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Communications Systems Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
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