Telecommunications Network Engineers

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Telecommunications network engineers design the communication systems of companies. They design, install, and oversee the voice, data, and video communication systems, as well as decide on the appropriate hardware and software for telecommunications. They may also be known as computer network architects. The Department of Labor reports that in May 2015, there were approximately 146,600 computer network architects employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Computer Network Architects
Duties Design and build data communication networks for companies; upgrade hardware and software to keep computer networks operating efficiently; research new networking technologies
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions; highest employment levels in Florida, California, Texas, Virginia, and New York
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Five to 10 years experience
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Computer
  • Information Management
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Telecommunications Manager
  • Telecommunications Network Engineer
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Internship

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