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Communication operators

£19,760 Average salary at age 20
£30,680 Average Salary
34 Average hours per week


Job holders in this unit group operate telecommunications equipment to transmit and receive signals and messages.

Main Tasks

  • Receives messages, weather reports and other material to transmit;
  • Tunes transmitter to required channel or wavelength and relays or receives message to/ from person or vehicle;
  • Uses a teleprinter or telex keyboard to transmit messages to other teleprinters or telexes;
  • Keeps record of messages sent and received;
  • Performs routine tests and maintenance on equipment and reports faults;
  • Receives and handles incoming calls for emergency services, transmitting to the appropriate services.


Academic qualifications may not be required. On-the-job training is provided.

What Communication operators studied in higher education

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What Communication operators studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy3
(L7) Human & social geography1
(W2) Design studies2
(L3) Sociology20
(B3) Complementary medicines, therapies & well-being1
(C1) Biology3
(C8) Psychology8
(R2) German studies1
(W1) Fine art2
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(W3) Music2
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(A3) Clinical medicine1
(Q3) English studies2
(V2) History by area2
(L2) Politics3
(B7) Nursing1
(R1) French studies1
(L9) Others in social studies2
(N5) Marketing2
(M1) Law by area3
(M2) Law by topic3
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport4
(P2) Publicity studies2
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology1
(P5) Journalism2
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences2
(V5) Philosophy3
(F3) Physics1
(L1) Economics2
(N1) Business studies3
(X3) Academic studies in education2
(L5) Social work2
(V6) Theology & religious studies1
(C6) Sport & exercise science3
(P3) Media studies3
(N2) Management studies1
(V1) History by period3
(Q8) Classical studies1
(L6) Anthropology2

UK Prospects

27800 Workforce Size
5.45% Predicted growth 2023 - 2027
5544 Predicted Replacement 2023 - 2027

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