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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

  • $83,000

    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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Telecommunications Consultant Career Paths

Telecommunications Consultant
Account Executive Account Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Project Manager Information Technology Director
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Telecommunications Analyst Telecommunications Manager Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Telecommunications Analyst Project Manager Program Manager
Service Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Telecommunications Analyst Telecommunications Specialist
Telecommunications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Telecommunications Specialist Systems Administrator Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Telecommunications Specialist Network Engineer Program Manager
Global Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Telecommunication Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Telecommunication Engineer Senior Network Engineer Director
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Telecommunication Engineer Senior Network Engineer Technical Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Sales Engineer Senior Sales Representative
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Program Manager Portfolio Manager
Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Network Manager
Director Of Network Services
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Project Leader Project Management Lead
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Technical Consultant Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Leader Program/Project Manager
Custom Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Telecom Analyst 3.5 years
Telecom Consultant 3.0 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Telecommunications Consultant
Manager 5.7%
Consultant 4.3%
Top Careers After Telecommunications Consultant
Consultant 10.2%
Manager 7.1%
Owner 4.9%
Engineer 3.7%

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Highest 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

  1. Telecommunications Systems
  2. Customer Service
  3. PBX
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Determined technical requirements for telecommunications systems.
  • Managed wide variety of customer service and administrative tasks to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Managed large-scale PBX & Network replacement projects
  • Provided Wireless Project Management expertise for rapid deployment planning and managed projects from start to completion.
  • Worked to integrate AVAYA voice over IP solutions based on s8700 media servers within the global network.

Telecommunications Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

66.6%

Female

28.4%

Unknown

5.1%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.3%

Carrier

20.8%

Italian

8.3%

Swedish

4.2%

Portuguese

4.2%

Hindi

4.2%
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Telecommunications Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.7%

George Washington University

9.5%

Bergen Community College

6.0%

Strayer University

4.8%

Broward College

4.8%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.8%

University of Houston

4.8%

University of Georgia

4.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.8%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.6%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

3.6%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

3.6%

Boston University

3.6%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.6%

Villanova University

3.6%

American University

3.6%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.6%

University of Utah

3.6%

University of Arizona

3.6%

Pace University - New York

3.6%
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Majors

Business

26.6%

Electrical Engineering

9.3%

Computer Science

6.9%

Communication

5.9%

Computer Networking

5.6%

Project Management

5.1%

Management

4.5%

Marketing

4.5%

Finance

4.0%

Accounting

3.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Education

3.2%

Economics

3.2%

Telecommunications Management

2.7%

Psychology

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Political Science

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.6%

English

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.6%

Other

25.8%

Masters

20.6%

Associate

8.2%

Certificate

5.2%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.4%
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