How's the telecom job market?
Despite an increasing demand for telecommunications services, technological advances mean telecom companies need fewer workers. However, job opportunities will arise from the need to replace a significant number of workers who are expected to retire.
As telecom workers either leave the labor force altogether or transfer to other industries, overall prospects will be great for:
- Installation technicians
- Maintenance technicians
- Repair workers
- Customer service representatives
As telecom networks expand, investment in R&D grows and computer technology gets more sophisticated, companies will need:
- Electrical and electronics engineers
- Computer software engineers
- Systems analysts
As more customers take advantage of more advanced services, opportunities will also remain strong for more traditional business roles such as:
- Retail sales associates
- Advertising professionals
- Financial professionals
And, because all these new workers will need HR and affiliated department help, prospects will be good for:
- Human resources specialists
- Training professionals
- Educational designers
While telecom hasn't been completely recession–proof, the unemployment rate for telecom workers over the past year is roughly two points lower than the national average.
Employment projections are based on information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: