A career in radio communications

    Why is the radio industry important?

    Without reliable communication technologies, our communities can’t connect, industry can’t flow and economies can’t grow. Communications technology surrounds us – in our smart devices, navigation systems, TVs, personal media devices, emails, data centres, home appliances and vehicles.

    Most people don’t realise that radio communications are responsible for the efficient operation of major infrastructure and many public services. Worth more than $4billion to the Australian economy each year, the radio communications industry forms an important part of the ICT sector and includes two way radio, as well as other wireless communication technologies.

    Why choose a career in radio communications?

    A career in the radio industry offers exciting opportunities to connect communities, infrastructure and services, as well as create new efficiencies and safety standards in the way businesses work.

    More than just designing and implementing commercial communication systems, you will play an important role in the development of the ICT industry. With constant innovations in wireless and mobile technologies, this is an exciting time to build skills and knowledge in a growing and vital sector.

    What career opportunities and development paths are there?

    Working in the radio communications industry is ‘hands on’ and offers two professional pathways, as well as a rewarding sales career for business development minded professionals.

    Radio engineers have a university degree and are specialised engineers who work with devices that emit and receive radio waves. As a radio engineer you will be responsible for designing communication solutions for both private and public networks and may even become involved in end-user product design.

    Radio technicians have completed an apprenticeship and are responsible for the installation, implementation and testing of networks and systems. As a radio technician your responsibilities will extend from the workshop to the field, and you will be competent in the repair and maintenance of radio communication equipment.

    What are the benefits of working in the radio industry?

    Whether you are an undergraduate, recent graduate, career changer or school leaver, the best way to find out is to talk with someone already doing the job, preferably with one of the major employers. However, as a general overview, a career in the radio industry offers great rewards including:

    • A valued and broad range of skills complementary to the ICT sector
    • Job security, with significant demand for your skills
    • Satisfaction with a job that means something, connecting communities, infrastructure and services
    • Variety and challenges, including problem solving and remote site work

    “I chose a career in radio communications because I felt it would bring me some great opportunities throughout my working life, and provide me with options to work for versatile businesses within one industry. As a two way radio specialist, I get involved in the maintenance of significant communications infrastructure and systems, while finding solutions to industry problems.” Sean Duxbury, Apprentice

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