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Communication, telecommunications industry

Earnings Potential

Average weekly earnings of non-supervisory workers in the telecommunications industry were $853 in 2004, significantly higher than average earnings of $529 in private industry.

Facts at a glance

  • Telecommunications includes voice, video, and Internet communications services.
  • Employment will decline because of technological advances and consolidation.  With rapid technological changes in telecommunications, those with up-to-date technical skills will have the best job opportunities. 
  • Average earnings in telecommunications greatly exceed average earnings throughout private industry.

Summary of what this career entails

Telecommunications is a huge factor in the contemporary communication world. Cell phones and cable television are two of the most popular forms of communication that is used in telecommunications in 2006. In years past the telephone was the primary source of communication. The home telephone is still a top, if not the top sector of the telecommunications industry. Phones are connected from homes or offices to telecommunication offices. Because of that at one time voice communication was the main job of a telecommunication office. Right now the Internet is a major factor, which means graphics; video and electronic data are just as important.

Examples and or details of work

To illustrate the importance of telecommunications, recently the WARN (Warning, Alert and Response Network) act was passed by Congress, an act that will open up various forms of communication to the general public in case of emergency. The type of emergences covered is terrorism, acts of war, natural disasters and other major disasters. The act is a major part of the President Bush’s Executive Order on Public Alert and Warning Systems. The jobs of telecommunication companies are to create the equipment that will be used by the government officials to warn people of the danger ahead. Besides decision making and office work, there is also the actual work done to set up the cables and the phone lines. Someone who installs your cable or satellite dish works in the telecommunications industry and obviously has a lot of knowledge about the technical aspects of communications.

Degrees that lead to this career

Many times employers require an associate degree for this field, although frankly a high school diploma and experience can be just as important.

Fields within the telecommunications industry that do require a bachelor’s include engineering if you want a job in the engineering or electronic telecommunications industry. A computer software engineer usually has a degree in either computer science or software engineering. If an individual has a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information science or management information systems, you can get a job as a systems analyst, computer scientist or database administrator.

Specific Career openings in this field

Specific jobs in the telecommunications field include telecommunications craft workers, line installers (cable splicer) and repairers, telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, cable installers, telephone operators, customer service representatives, financial, information and records clerks, secretaries and administrative assistants, and first-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers. Other jobs include computer software engineers, network systems and data communications analysts.