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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
  • $79,000

    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
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director Chief Information Officer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Office Manager
Office And Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Consultant Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Telecommunication Engineer Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Telecommunication Engineer Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Training Manager Call Center Manager
Contact Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Team Leader Customer Service Manager
Inside Sales Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Business Analyst Senior Data Analyst-
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Telecommunications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Processing Manager
Business Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Enterprise Architect Enterprise Project Manager
Enterprise Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Telecommunications Specialist
8 Yearsyrs
Telecommunication Engineer Telecommunications Manager
Telecom Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Telecom Specialist 4.3 years
Systems Specialist 4.2 years
Telecom Analyst 3.5 years
Top Careers Before Telecommunications Specialist
Cashier 7.7%
Technician 6.3%
Supervisor 3.2%
Manager 3.2%
Top Careers After Telecommunications Specialist
Cashier 5.4%
Technician 5.4%
Manager 4.7%
Specialist 3.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$79,000
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$53,000
Min 10%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$116,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
ICO
Highest Paying City
Fremont, CA
Highest Paying State
Connecticut
Avg Experience Level
4.6 years
How much does a Telecommunications Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Telecommunications Specialist in the United States is $79,210 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $53,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $116,000.

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Top Skills for A Telecommunications Specialist

  1. Telephone Systems
  2. Customer Service
  3. Communications Systems
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.
  • Analyzed call volume and average call time to monitor Customer Service Representative performance and productivity.
  • Monitor and identify capacity and performance issues for telecommunications traffic to ensure, uninterrupted operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Monitor direct emergency alarms, answer non-emergency calls for assistance.
  • Managed voice projects ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 from LAN cabling and connections to complete PBX system installations.

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Top 10 Best States for Telecommunications Specialists

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  2. Virginia
  3. Massachusetts
  4. New Jersey
  5. District of Columbia
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Texas
  8. Michigan
  9. Maryland
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Telecommunications Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

57.7%

Female

35.6%

Unknown

6.7%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

13.3%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.0%

Carrier

17.6%

French

5.9%

German

4.9%

Russian

3.9%

Turkish

2.0%

Portuguese

2.0%

Polish

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Swedish

1.0%

Gujarati

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Bulgarian

1.0%

Braille

1.0%

Thai

1.0%

Uzbek

1.0%

Greek

1.0%

Italian

1.0%

Chinese

1.0%
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Telecommunications Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.6%

Strayer University

10.0%

University of Maryland - University College

8.8%

Community College of the Air Force

6.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.1%

Liberty University

4.1%

Colorado Technical University

3.9%

Ashford University

3.7%

George Mason University

3.7%

More Tech Institute

3.7%

Kaplan University

3.7%

The Academy

2.9%

Florida State University

2.7%

Prince George's Community College

2.4%

American InterContinental University

2.4%

University of Central Florida

2.4%

Bellevue University

2.4%

Capella University

2.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.4%

University of South Florida

2.2%
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Majors

Business

20.7%

Electrical Engineering

9.0%

Computer Science

7.1%

Computer Networking

7.0%

Information Technology

7.0%

Computer Information Systems

6.8%

Criminal Justice

5.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.8%

Communication

4.6%

General Studies

3.5%

Management

3.4%

Psychology

3.3%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Accounting

2.5%

Project Management

2.3%

Nursing

2.2%

Education

1.9%

Information Systems

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Medical Assisting Services

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.0%

Other

30.1%

Associate

18.0%

Masters

10.2%

Certificate

7.1%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.5%
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