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With almost 200 job families in the rail industry, the A-Z provides a short description of the most common jobs found in the Australasian rail industry. Each job definition includes its job title, the main parts of the job, entrance requirements and necessary qualifications.

Web Administrator

Maintains websites and web blogs and interacts with website developers, network and server technicians, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and company management. Critical thinking, project management, people and technical skills are essential. Generally requires a bachelor degree in IT or website design, or vocational qualifications and experience.

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Web Designer

Designs, develops and maintains websites.There are many vocational qualifications in this area although emplyers may require a degree in a related area such as IT, computer science. Depending on the size of the organisation, web designers may move into a supervisory or management role, although some organisations outsource this work. Having an interest in or experience in graphic design is highly regarded as there is an aesthetic focus to being a web designer.

Web Designer and Web Developer

Generally, a web designer or a web developer will be responsible for the design, layout and coding of a website. They are involved with the technical and graphical aspects of a website – how the site works and how it looks. They can also be involved with the maintenance and update of an existing site.

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Web Developer

Designs, lays out and and codes a website. Similar role to a web designer, but the focus is on operational and technical aspects of a website, rather than an aesthetic focus. May also maintain and update existing sites and test for technical problems. Requires a degree in any subject that is acceptable for entry into the profession. Employers may require an IT, computer science or engineering qualification. Computing experience or postgraduate IT conversion courses can be useful.

WHS Advisor

Develops, implements and evaluates risk management policies and procedures and performs workplace safety audits. Works with committees, trains, investigates incidents, reviews policies and procedures, advises workforce, and assesses return to work arrangements. Requires at minimum a certificate, but usually a bachelor degree or higher qualification. Relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required as well as formal qualification. Negotiation and communication skills highly regarded.

Wireless Communications Technician

Installs, maintains and repairs cellular communications equipment, radio systems and Local Area Networks (LANs). Requires at least a trade qualification in wireless, telecommunications or optical networks and relevant experience. You will need good eye-hand coordination, enjoy practical work, be curious and have diagnostic ability.

Work Health & Safety Officer (WHS Officer)

Ensures that rail staff (and others) follow safety policies, procedures and practices so that the workplace is safe for employees, visitors, contractors and rail customers. They help develop WHS policies and procedures and conduct safety inspections. They may be involved in training and sit on WHS committees. You need extensive rail experience, and qualifications in work health and safety are generally required. You need maturity, good communication skills and have a high regard for safety and the law for this type of work.

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Workforce Planner

Is concerned with training, education and development activities aimed at improving the performance of individuals and groups in an organisation. They may work closely with their human resources department. Depending on the role, you may be required to hold a qualification (eg. in Australia, this may be a certificate IV qualification), and relevant work experience such as in training and administration.

Workplace Relations Officer

Manages employment conditions and related issues of employees. The role usually requires an industrial relations (IR) or related degree and ability to act as a communication link between management and employees.

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