Telecommunications Engineering Specialists

General Information


Design or configure wired, wireless, and satellite communications systems for voice, video, and data services. Supervise installation, service, and maintenance.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit75.98%
  2. State and local government8.04%
  3. Private, not for profit6.99%
  4. Federal government5.30%
  5. Self-employed3.55%

Job Outlook

Employment of computer network architects is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 11,000 openings for computer network architects are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 23%
  • Bachelor's degree 19%
  • Some college 14%
  • Associate's degree 14%
  • Post baccalaureate 14%
  • High school 4%
  • Master's degree 4%
  • First professional degree 4%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%


  • Telecommunications
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
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