Telecoms Jobs Today

By: Jason Jones


An explanation of the term telecommunications and the varying jobs that are on offer within the area for individuals. A look at how much or how little telecommunications knowledge a person will need in order to successfully fill a telecoms role.

Telecoms is the shortened term for the word telecommunications. Telecommunication is a method by which signals are transmitted over a distance to a receiver which can then convert and broadcast these signals into a recognisable format. The main forms of telecommunication are the radio, telephony both land lines and mobile phones, television and, of course the Internet. Although there are new technologies being developed all the time, VoiP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is one of the up and coming new methods of telecoms. Obviously with telecoms being such a growing area of business today there are many different telecoms jobs that are being created.

The term telecoms jobs can be quite hard to define as telecommunications is such a vast area of expertise and there is no one job that can be the typical telecoms job. Many telecoms jobs are within the development sector of telecommunications, these jobs include IT roles which encompass the development, testing and rolling out of various forms of telecoms. These jobs are vital to the success of telecoms as without new developments telecoms cannot progress and continue to be at the forefront of technology.

Cable and satellite television is another highly popular area of telecoms and there are many telecoms jobs within this sector. Many people believe that to have a job within telecommunications that they must excel in computer knowledge and are able to create programmes and keep up to date with every new computer based technology. This is not the case. There are many other telecoms jobs that are more 'hands on'. These jobs focus on the installation of cable and satellite receivers into people's homes and are very important in order for cable and satellite companies to reach their customers and make sure that their equipment is being correctly installed and used. However, if this does not sound like the kind of thing you would be interested in there are other telecoms roles within cable and satellite television. Every cable and satellite television provider requires advisors who are on hand to upgrade a customer's service or further discuss their needs over the telephone, and this is where telephone operators come into play. You don't have to have a huge amount of technical knowledge in order to provide an excellent customer service to telecoms customers.

If you are more interested in the actual technologies behind telecommunications, a telecoms job as a specialist engineer might be more relevant to you. Engineers are used to perform many important roles within telecoms. An engineer would be responsible for looking at what telecoms method would be suit a company for example, and then they would implement, or roll out the changes to the company. Such roles are particularly needed within call centres and other large office based businesses. A telecoms engineer would consult with management to decide the best telecoms to use, design and implement the new telecoms and carry out testing and provide statistics to support the new product and also be available to troubleshoot and consult with, if required.

In short telecoms jobs are wide ranging and can require as much or as little telecommunications experience as an individual has or would like to have. Many people who go into a telecoms role find that the job itself leads to them gaining more knowledge of the subject and some businesses offer further on or off site training to maintain their staff's experience. So if you are looking for a job that will be interesting, ever changing and more importantly rewarding take a look at telecommunications and see if there is anything that appeals to you.

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Jason Jones is a recruitment consultant specialising in telecoms jobs.