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Working As A Network/Telecom Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $76,900

    Average Salary

What Does A Network/Telecom Engineer Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Network/Telecom Engineer

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Average Length of Employment
Telecom Engineer 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Network/Telecom Engineer
Top Careers After Network/Telecom Engineer
Consultant 7.6%
Engineer 5.1%
Technician 3.8%

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Network/Telecom Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.0%

Female

11.2%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

49.0%

Asian

18.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.4%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

30.0%

Spanish

30.0%

Portuguese

20.0%

Russian

10.0%

Ukrainian

10.0%
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Network/Telecom Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.8%

Strayer University

9.4%

Moraine Park Technical College

6.3%

San Jose State University

6.3%

William Paterson University of New Jersey

6.3%

American InterContinental University

6.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

6.3%

University of Bridgeport

3.1%

Cairn University

3.1%

Siena Heights University

3.1%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.1%

ITT Technical Institute-Webster

3.1%

Montclair State University

3.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.1%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.1%

Rutgers University-Camden

3.1%

Stevens Institute of Technology

3.1%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.1%

More Tech Institute

3.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

15.7%

Electrical Engineering

15.7%

Business

10.8%

Information Technology

10.8%

Computer Information Systems

8.4%

Computer Networking

6.0%

Information Systems

4.8%

Communication

3.6%

Management

2.4%

Management Information Systems

2.4%

Finance

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Economics

2.4%

Project Management

2.4%

Computer Engineering

2.4%

Education

2.4%

Engineering Technology

1.2%

Health Sciences And Services

1.2%

Computer Systems Security

1.2%

Industrial Technology

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.1%

Masters

23.3%

Other

20.0%

Associate

11.1%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

2.2%
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Real Network/Telecom Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineer, Telecom/Network Staff Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 24, 2010 $132,000
Engineer, Telecom/Network Staff Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 24, 2010 $125,400
Telecom Network Engineer Tomorrow's Solutions Today, Inc. Rockville, MD Feb 11, 2010 $125,000
Telecom Network Engineer Connect America Broomall, PA May 01, 2016 $117,811
Staff Network Telecom Engineer Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Apr 28, 2014 $110,100 -
$125,000
Network Telecom Engineer Experis Us, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Jun 07, 2016 $107,585 -
$146,090
Telecom Network Engineer Tomorrow's Solutions Today, Inc. Rockville, MD Feb 11, 2010 $100,610
Network and Telecom Engineer K12 Inc. Herndon, VA Nov 01, 2012 $93,600 -
$130,000
Network/Telecom Engineer Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 22, 2014 $88,063
Telecom Network Engineer Connect America PA Aug 26, 2016 $83,196
Telecom Network Engineer Connectamerica.Com, LLC Broomall, PA Aug 26, 2013 $75,000
Network/Telecom Engineer ICS Nett, Inc. Vienna, VA Sep 22, 2012 $70,000
Telecom Network Engineer Encodex Technologies, Inc. Urban Honolulu, HI Oct 01, 2012 $65,500 -
$73,000
Telecom Network Engineer Orchestra Technology, Inc. Redmond, WA Aug 15, 2015 $65,000
Telecom Network Engineer Encodex Technologies, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Oct 01, 2012 $65,000 -
$75,000
Telecom Network Engineer Nokia Siemens Networks Us LLC Irving, TX Dec 01, 2013 $63,000
Network Telecom Engineer Futurenet Group Inc. Detroit, MI Sep 29, 2014 $62,000

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Top Skills for A Network/Telecom Engineer

  1. Telecom
  2. Voip
  3. Infrastructure
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  • Provided outstanding customer support services to users and business partners for all telecommunications and network issues.
  • Project Manager /lead Cisco CallManager VoIP conversion, six branch initiative and disaster recovery.
  • Participate in implementation validation and post-validation of IT infrastructure delivery.
  • Assign network hardware for fiber facilities.
  • Install and Maintain H323 Gateways using Cisco routers.

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