Some career options in telecommunications include telecommunications systems managers, equipment installers, line installers, software engineers and electronics engineers. A telecommunications career typically involves managing long distance and wireless communication equipment and channels. Systems managers coordinate with system analysts and engineers to apply and implement the latest technology to improve communication systems. Line installers deal with setting up signaling systems and cables, and repairs.
Telecommunications equipment installers help connect and install devices for consumers. They also position wireless transmitters and attach satellite dishes on customers’ devices. Electronics engineers create and develop electronic machinery including global positioning systems and instrumentation for proper transmission of signals. They also test new electronic technologies to improve performance.
A bachelor’s of science in telecommunications, with special emphasis on computer programming and math, equips students to pursue software engineering careers. Software engineers test and develop innovative software technology in order to align with the latest telecommunications improvements. Computer programmers write and apply instructional codes using programming language for computers to function optimally.
Certificate courses in telecommunications offer fundamental coursework and training that enable students to take up entry-level positions in the telecommunications industry. An associate degree, which generally takes one or two academic years, offers deeper focuses on core concepts.