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Radio Operators

Also called: Communications Specialist, Radio Electronics Officer (REO), Flight Communications Specialist, Radio Operator

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Receive and transmit communications using radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations. May repair equipment.
On the job, you would:
  • Monitor emergency frequencies in order to detect distress calls and respond by dispatching emergency equipment.
  • Communicate with receiving operators in order to exchange transmission instructions.
  • Operate radio equipment in order to communicate with ships, aircraft, mining crews, offshore oil rigs, logging camps and other remote operations.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Communications
  • telecommunications

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Hearing and Speech
  • recognize spoken words
  • speak clearly
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

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Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$42,080
per year, on average
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