TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNICIANS help with building new phone, satellite, or other long-distance communication networks. They look for problems in these networks, dispatch crews to make the necessary repairs, or make the repairs themselves. They detect, isolate, or repair network failures when they happen. They identify problems, such as overloading, and solve them by repairing, replacing, or adding parts. They use their knowledge of computer software and networking, such as fiber optics, satellite communications, digital and analog communications, and many other technologies.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $54,500 average per year ($26.25 per hour)
- A large occupation (190,100 workers in 2010)
- Expected to not change (0.0% per year)
Most employers prefer to hire TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNICIANS who have an associate degree in electrical, electronics, or computer engineering technology; and knowledge of networking and telecommunications technologies. Some positions require a bachelor's degree in engineering, or the equivalent amount of work experience. No special licensing or certification is required for telecommunications technicians.
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