Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers

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What do they do?

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. May test and analyze network coverage.

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)

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairs is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 5.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #21 in job growth rate
  • 70

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #7 in net job growth
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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.2%)
  • Master's degree (2.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (12.9%)
  • Associate's degree (17.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (33.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (29.8%)
  • Less than high school diploma (4.2%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • 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.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • 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.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Climb equipment or structures to access work areas.
  • Maintain work equipment or machinery.
  • Read work orders or descriptions of problems to determine repairs or modifications needed.
  • Interpret blueprints, specifications, or diagrams to inform installation, development or operation activities.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper functioning.
  • Bolt objects into place.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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