Telecom Jobs

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Most people who think of telecom jobs envision guys in cherry pickers high up in the trees fidgeting with wires or below the streets wearing yellow hard hats and poking out of man holes. Others envision call centers with rows upon rows of telemarketers reading prefab pitches to hostile customers--and for about 10 dollars an hour at that. Not all telecom jobs, however, resemble either of these scenarios.

There are just as many systems engineers, operations consultants, and account executives working in the telecommunications industry as there are repairmen and sales reps. If you have experience working for a company like Ma Bell, AT&T, or any of the so-called "Baby Bells," you have marketable credentials that can help land you a lucrative position. By the same token, if you're a programmer or engineer whose experience is mostly in the computing sector, you may still prove to be an asset for a phone company looking to expand its services.

The Future of Telecom Jobs

As technology steamrolls on, many antiquated industries are becoming extinct. For some, these are the "Wild West" days of telecommunications, which can be either frightening or inspiring depending on where in the industry you fall. For providers of residential phone services, this can be an especially maddening time, as more and more people turn to their mobile phones and e-mail for the bulk of their communication.

What then will become of telecom jobs in the future? It's hard for anyone to say with certainty, but so long as phone companies exist, which is likely to be a while, there will be engineering jobs available. Moreover, so long as the government doesn't completely eliminate the right of companies to pitch their wares over that outmoded invention, the telephone, there should be a host of telemarketing jobs out there to boot.

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