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Working As A Telecommunications Consultant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $85,188

    Average Salary

What Does A Telecommunications Consultant Do

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. These networks range from small connections between two offices to next-generation networking capabilities such as a cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers. Network architects must have extensive knowledge of an organization’s business plan to design a network that can help the organization achieve its goals.

Duties

Computer network architects typically do the following:

  • Create plans and layouts for data communication networks
  • Present plans to management and explain why they are in the organization’s best interest to pursue them
  • Consider information security when designing networks
  • Upgrade hardware, such as routers or adaptors, and software, such as network drivers, as needed to support computer networks
  • Research new networking technologies to determine what would best support their organization in the future

Computer network architects, or network engineers, often work with their organization’s chief technology officer (CTO) to predict where the organization will most need new networks. They spend most of their time planning these new networks. Some computer network architects work with engineers such as computer hardware engineers who help build the network a network architect has designed. Network architects are often experienced staff and have 5 to 10 years of experience working in network administration or with other information technology (IT) systems.

Computer network architects also create models to predict future network needs by analyzing current data traffic and estimating how growth will affect the network. They also keep up to date on new hardware and software technology and test how it can improve network performance. In addition, computer network architects have to keep security in mind and when network vulnerabilities arise, implement security patches or other countermeasures.

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Most computer network architects have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field and experience in a related occupation, such as network and computer systems administrators.

Education

Computer network architects usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, engineering, or a related field. Degree programs in a computer-related field give network architects hands-on laboratory work in classes such as network security or database design. These programs prepare network architects to be able to work with the wide array of technologies used in networks.

Employers of network architects sometimes prefer applicants to have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems. MBA programs generally require 2 years of study beyond the undergraduate level and include both business and computer-related courses.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Network architects generally need to have at least 5 to 10 years of experience working with information technology (IT) systems. They often have experience as a network and computer system administrator but also may come from other computer-related occupations such as database administrator or computer systems analyst.

Certification

Certification programs are generally offered by product vendors or software firms. Vendor-specific certification verifies a set of skills to ensure network architects are able to work in specific networking environments. Companies may require their network architects to be certified in the products they use.

Advancement

Some network architects advance to become computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer network architects have to examine data networks and decide how to best connect the networks based on the needs and resources of the organization.

Detail oriented. Computer network architects create comprehensive plans of the networks they are creating with precise information describing how the network parts will work together.

Interpersonal skills. These workers must be able to work with different types of employees to successfully design and implement computer and information networks.

Leadership skills. Many computer network architects direct teams of engineers who build the networks they have designed, such as computer hardware engineers.

Organizational skills. Computer network architects who work for large firms must coordinate many different types of communication networks and make sure they work well together.

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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Manager 7.0%
Consultant 4.1%
Supervisor 2.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 12.7%
Manager 5.9%
Engineer 3.8%
Director 3.4%
Owner 3.0%

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Telecommunications Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

70.2%

Female

28.3%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

17.5%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.5%

Carrier

21.7%

Italian

8.7%

Portuguese

4.3%

German

4.3%

Hindi

4.3%
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Telecommunications Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.3%

George Washington University

12.7%

Bergen Community College

7.9%

Strayer University

6.3%

Broward College

6.3%

Boston University

4.8%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.8%

George Mason University

4.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.2%

University of Alabama

3.2%

Washington University in Saint Louis

3.2%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

3.2%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

3.2%

University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras Campus

3.2%

Bellevue College

3.2%

Temple University

3.2%

Front Range Community College

3.2%

Drexel University

3.2%

Villanova University

3.2%

Webster University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

23.7%

Electrical Engineering

9.1%

Computer Science

8.7%

Project Management

5.9%

Marketing

5.5%

Computer Networking

5.5%

Communication

5.1%

Finance

4.7%

Management

4.3%

Accounting

4.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.6%

Telecommunications Management

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Political Science

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Psychology

2.0%

Economics

2.0%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Information Technology

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.3%

Other

25.1%

Masters

22.5%

Associate

8.5%

Certificate

5.7%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.3%
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Real Telecommunications Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network & Telecommunications Consultant Keane, Inc. Boston, MA Nov 01, 2011 $103,000
Telecommunications Consultant Infinitec, LLC Temecula, CA Jun 01, 2010 $62,691
Telecommunications Consultant Infinitec, LLC Temecula, CA Jul 01, 2012 $60,000
Telecommunications Consultant Reddy Engineers and Contractors Ltd. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2010 $40,000

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Top Skills for A Telecommunications Consultant

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  1. Telecommunications Services
  2. Phone Calls
  3. PBX
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Audit of existing telecommunications services for cost recovery and future savings.
  • Consulted with attorneys, write narratives in identifying how customer phone calls are processed and what patient infringements/violations exist.
  • Managed large-scale PBX & Network replacement projects
  • Worked to integrate AVAYA voice over IP solutions based on s8700 media servers within the global network.
  • Designed and installed Cisco CallManager and Unity Connection VoIP services for large hospital with multiple complex call centers and call handlers.

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