How to become a Data and Telecommunications Cable Worker

Data and telecommunications cable workers are involved in the installation and maintenance of data and telecommunications cables, which may be located in underground pipes, trenches or overhead systems. They usually work with either copper or fibre optic cables and specialise in a particular procedure or area of expertise.

Personal requirements of a Data and Telecommunications Cable Worker

  • Enjoy practical work
  • Normal eyesight and colour vision
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Safety-conscious
  • Able to work at heights and in confined spaces
  • Good communication skills

Education & Training for a Data and Telecommunications Cable Worker

To become a data and telecommunications cable worker you usually have to complete a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. You can also become a data and telecommunications cable worker by completing a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2.4%

NSW 26.2%

NT 1.8%

QLD 20.5%

SA 5.4%

TAS 2.5%

VIC 29.3%

WA 11.9%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 97.7%

Female 2.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 7.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 24.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 42.9%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 12.9%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 12.2%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 37.7%

Above 35 years: 62.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
In order to undertake data and telecommunications cabling work, you need to be registered with an Australian Communications and Media Authority-accredited registrar. See for more details.
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