Careers and Amateur Radio

Hands-on learning with Amateur Radio can develop the skills and interests that lead to professional career choices.

Based on knowledge of electronics/antennas/radio propagation

Consumer Electronics

    audio technician (for theaters/aircraft/home)

    sound system design

    TV and sound system install/service

Space Exploration

    satellite/spacecraft design

    satellite/spacecraft assembly

    satellite/spacecraft monitoring

    radio telescope technician or astronomer

Broadcast Radio or Television


    weather/communications satellite design or assembly

    research into microwave or laser based communication techniques

Medical Fields

    x-ray tech

    MRI tech

    x-ray/MRI machine service

Computer Design/Repair

Cell Phone Systems

    tower/network assembly



Based on understanding of electro-mechanical systems or sound card based software

software engineer

signal processing technician



radio trunking systems design/tech


The Electronics Occupations Program at Turlock High School is a comprehensive electronics training program which utilizes Amateur Radio activities as cornerstones to motivate and give direction to students. Here is a list of possible careers suggested to students:

Areas of Occupational Specialization

Electronic Consumer Products Service

Audio-Video Repairer
Audiovisual-Aids Technician
Audiovisual Equipment Operator
Radio Mechanic
Radio Repairer
Television & Radio Repairer
Video Installer
Video Operator
Video Tape-Recording Engineer
Cable Television Installer
Cable Television Technician

Communications Electronics Technology

Communications Electronics Assembler
Communications Electronics Tester
Marine Radio Installer Servicer
Radio Mechanic

Computer Servicing Technology

Data Processing Mechanic
Computer Electronics Technician
Computer Service Technician

Avionics Technology

General Aviation-Avionics Technician

Telephony Technology

Telephone Repairer/Installer
Instrument Repairer
Station Installer & Repairer
Equipment Installer


Electrician Apprentice
Electrician Helper
Airport Electrician
Neon Sign Servicer
Electrical Appliance Servicer
Household Appliance Installer
Electrical Repairer
Security Alarm Installer

Electronic Consumer Products Service Categories

DC Circuits
AC Circuits
Solid State Devices
Analog Circuits
Digital Devices
Microprocessor Technology
Lab Practices

Topics within Amateur Radio that are useful to telecommunications careers:

DC Circuits
AC Circuits
Solid State Devices
Analog Circuits
Digital Devices
Microprocessor Technology
Lab Practices
Technical Recording & Reporting