Receive and transmit communications using radiotelegraph or radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations. May repair equipment.
Familiarity with radio technology is the most important qualification for being a radio operator, and there are no formal education requirements. Many radio operators gain experience with radio equipment and computer technology through vocational school, community college or college-level study in broadcasting or electronics. Alternately, amateur and college radio operators are often self-taught and find employment due to their expertise.
Professional radio operators are responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing electronic equipment that transmits and receives radio signals. They work for radio stations and local governments that use traditional and high definition (HD) radio transmissions for communication.