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Working As A Telecommunications Specialist

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • $60,964

    Average Salary

What Does A Telecommunications Specialist 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 Specialist Career Paths

Telecommunications Specialist
Maintenance Technician Lead Mechanic Mechanical Superintendent
Area Superintendent
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Business Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Operations Manager Operations Project Manager
Deputy Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager Service Director
Director Of Support Services
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Network Technician Information Systems Manager
Information Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Information Systems Technician Information Systems Specialist
Information Systems Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Systems Engineer Program Manager
Manager, Program Management
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager Quality Manager
Manufacturing Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist
Region Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Telecommunication Engineer Telecommunications Manager
Telecom Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Telecommunications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Average Length of Employment
Telecom Specialist 4.2 years
Telecom Engineer 3.1 years
Specialist 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 7.0%
Cashier 3.9%
Manager 3.5%
Top Employers After
Technician 5.3%
Manager 5.0%
Engineer 3.6%

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Telecommunications Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

62.6%

Female

36.0%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

13.0%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.2%

Carrier

20.7%

German

6.1%

French

6.1%

Russian

4.9%

Turkish

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Polish

2.4%

Swedish

1.2%

Bulgarian

1.2%

Portuguese

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Uzbek

1.2%

Braille

1.2%

Japanese

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Gujarati

1.2%

Korean

1.2%
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Telecommunications Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.2%

Strayer University

10.2%

University of Maryland - University College

9.5%

Community College of the Air Force

5.7%

George Mason University

5.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.9%

Liberty University

4.5%

American InterContinental University

3.8%

More Tech Institute

3.8%

Colorado Technical University

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.0%

Troy University

3.0%

Michigan State University

2.7%

Pennsylvania State University

2.7%

Kaplan University

2.7%

Tidewater Community College

2.7%

Bellevue University

2.7%

University of New Mexico

2.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.7%

Saint Leo University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

20.7%

Electrical Engineering

9.0%

Computer Science

7.7%

Computer Networking

7.2%

Information Technology

7.2%

Computer Information Systems

6.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.2%

Criminal Justice

4.9%

Communication

4.7%

Management

3.2%

General Studies

3.1%

Psychology

3.1%

Project Management

2.7%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Information Systems

2.3%

Education

2.2%

Accounting

2.1%

Nursing

2.0%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.3%

Other

29.6%

Associate

17.0%

Masters

11.0%

Certificate

6.6%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.3%
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Real Telecommunications Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Telecommunications Specialist ICO Group LLC Plantation, FL Sep 30, 2015 $75,821
Telecommunications Specialist Fusion Solutions, LLC. Schaumburg, IL Jun 03, 2013 $60,320
Telecommunications Specialist Astertelesolutions, Inc. Bellevue, WA Mar 02, 2010 $60,000
Telecommunications Specialist 3 S Network, Inc. Bellevue, WA Mar 02, 2010 $60,000
Telecommunications Specialist ICO Group LLC Miami, FL Oct 01, 2012 $52,175
Telecommunications Specialist KMT Wireless LLC Norcross, GA Jan 21, 2011 $43,000
Telecommunications Specialist Local Internet Service Company Fairfield, IA Oct 01, 2014 $42,000
Telecommunications Specialist Local Internet Service Company Fairfield, IA Sep 10, 2014 $40,000
Telecommunications Specialist Local Internet Service Company Fairfield, IA Sep 09, 2013 $39,500
Telecommunications Specialist Local Internet Service Company Fairfield, IA Oct 01, 2011 $36,000

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Top Skills for A Telecommunications Specialist

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  1. Telephone Systems
  2. Procedures
  3. PBX
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with vendor project manager, technicians and software programmers for installation of new IP telephone systems at all remote sites.
  • Drafted and revised communications training courses and Standard Operating Procedures incorporating standardized format increasing consistency in training and processes.
  • Co-engineered the new infrastructure and PBX site, coordinated with major vendors, and authorized all project team activities.
  • Monitored the responding fire units and/or emergency medical services, maintaining constant radio contact.
  • Performed fault isolation and hardware troubleshooting on complex electronic equipment, including computers, communications equipment, and telephone switching systems.

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