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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
  • $111,890

    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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How To Become A Telecommunications Specialist

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 jobs

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Telecommunications Specialist Career Paths

Telecommunications Specialist
Information Technology Specialist Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Telecommunication Engineer Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Business Analyst Product Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Telecommunications Manager Senior Project Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Telecommunications Manager Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Systems Administrator Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Telecommunication Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Regional Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Telecom Specialist 4.1 years
Staff Specialist 3.7 years
Specialist 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 7.1%
Manager 3.7%
Specialist 3.4%
Cashier 3.4%
Top Employers After
Manager 5.2%
Technician 5.2%
Engineer 3.6%

Telecommunications Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

62.7%

Female

35.9%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

80.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.6%

Carrier

20.8%

French

7.8%

German

5.2%

Russian

3.9%

Swedish

2.6%

Polish

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Korean

2.6%

Portuguese

1.3%

Chinese

1.3%

Turkish

1.3%

Braille

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Gujarati

1.3%

Hindi

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%
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Telecommunications Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.4%

Strayer University

10.2%

University of Maryland - University College

9.4%

Community College of the Air Force

5.7%

George Mason University

5.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.9%

Liberty University

4.9%

American InterContinental University

3.8%

More Tech Institute

3.8%

Colorado Technical University

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.0%

Troy University

3.0%

Kaplan University

3.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.0%

Pennsylvania State University

2.6%

Defense Acquisition University

2.6%

Tidewater Community College

2.6%

Bellevue University

2.6%

University of New Mexico

2.6%

Saint Leo University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

21.2%

Electrical Engineering

9.1%

Computer Science

7.9%

Information Technology

7.6%

Computer Networking

7.2%

Computer Information Systems

6.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.3%

Communication

4.7%

Criminal Justice

4.7%

Psychology

3.2%

Management

3.0%

General Studies

2.9%

Project Management

2.7%

Health Care Administration

2.4%

Education

2.2%

Information Systems

2.2%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Nursing

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.7%

Other

29.4%

Associate

17.1%

Masters

10.8%

Certificate

6.5%

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

TelephoneSystemsProceduresPBXEmergencyCallsCommunicationsEquipmentFiberOpticCustomerServiceVideoAvayaVoipCommunicationsSystemsTroubleTicketsVoicemailT-1NortelPhoneSystemLan/WanInternetProtocolTechnicalSupportFacility

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Top Telecommunications Specialist Skills

  1. Telephone Systems
  2. Procedures
  3. PBX
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed, removed, and maintained telephone systems including wiring, modems, terminal blocks, and telephone devices within building.
  • Isolate and implement necessary repair procedures.
  • Managed Nortel telephone and PBX equipment installations and maintained related databases, administered Meridian mail system.
  • Responded to emergency and non emergency calls.
  • Installed communications equipment or communications wiring in buildings, e.g.

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