Cablers (Data and Telecommunications)
Cablers (Data and Telecommunications) install internal telecommunications and data cabling, equipment and peripherals for computer networks, telephony, cable television and monitored security and fire alarms.
Examines drawings, specifications and work areas to determine positioning and connections for equipment to be installed.
Installs cabling for telephone, radio, pay tv and computer transmission.
Joins cables and seals sheaths with lead and thermoplastic.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Telecommunications Trades Workers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 73% of people employed as Cablers (Data and Telecommunications) work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 7 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Cablers (Data and Telecommunications)||All Jobs Average|
Around 43% of Cablers (Data and Telecommunications) live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Cablers (Data and Telecommunications) is 41 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 2% of the workforce. This is 46 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Cablers (Data and Telecommunications)||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||2.7||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A certificate II or III in data and voice communications, telecommunications technology or telecommunications network is usually needed to work as a Cabler (Data and Telecommunications).
Registration or licencing may be required.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Cablers (Data and Telecommunications)||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.8||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||11.7||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Telecommunications Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
43%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
43%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
43%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
43%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
43%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Reading work related information.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Looking for ways to help people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Fixing machines or systems.
Talking to others.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
62%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
57%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
52%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
51%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
40%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
40%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
39%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
38%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
36%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
33%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
25%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
16%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Communicate by speaking.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
43%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
See details that are far away.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
41%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
82%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
68%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
62%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
61%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
57%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
53%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
51%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
49%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
49%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
48%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
48%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
48%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
46%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
44%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
44%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
44%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
44%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
41%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
39%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
97%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
96%In an enclosed vehicle or equipment
Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).
96%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
95%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Talk on the telephone.
92%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
Work to strict deadlines.
90%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Talk with people face-to-face.
88%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Work with people in a group or team.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
83%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
82%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
81%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
80%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
80%Work at heights
Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).
80%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
78%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9052.00 - Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers.