Telecommunications Degree - Online and Campus Programs

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Telecom specialists plan cable routes, install equipment, expand existing structures, and solve engineering problems. Some engineers may research and develop new equipment. Typical jobs performed by telecommunications specialists include:
  • Telecommunications Manager
  • Telecom Technology Manager
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  • Telecom Engineering Manager

How to Become a Telecommunications Specialist

You need telecommunications degree or must take telecommunications classes to become a telecommunications specialist. A bachelor's degree in engineering is usually required for entry-level telecom engineering positions. Engineers whose work is more computer-based usually need a bachelor's degree in a different telecommunications program, like software engineering, computer science, or a related field. Some positions may only require an associate's degree or related experience.

Continuing Education in Telecommunications is Important

Because the telecommunications industry advances so rapidly, continuing education is important to maintain your knowledge of the field. Organizations, such as the National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning, offer continuing education telecommunications classes.

Salary Ranges and Outlook for Telecommunications Specialist Careers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job opportunities for telecommunications specialists will decline nine percent through 2018. The median annual salary of a public relations specialist was $80,808 in May 2008. Workers covered by a collective bargaining agreement through a union--which is common in telecom--receive substantial benefits, in addition to salaries or hourly wages.