Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 27-4013 Radio Operators
Receive and transmit communications using radiotelegraph or radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations. May repair equipment.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations 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 these occupations.
Tasks: 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. 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 in order to ensure that operations standards are met. Turn controls or throw switches in order to activate power, adjust voice volume and modulation, and set transmitters on specified frequencies.
License: License not required.
Outlook: No Change
Alabama Employment Outlook
Comprehensive wage data available: Alabama Occupational Wage Survey
Related Occupations: Postsecondary Institutions With Programs:
Broadcast Technicians
Civil Drafters
Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay
Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators
Geophysical Data Technicians
Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage
Prepress Technicians and Workers
Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents
Traffic Technicians
No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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