What Is a Telecommunications Major?

Telecommunications technicians play integral roles in delivering Internet, phone, and digital services to customers. Students who major in telecommunication as part of a bachelor's degree program can consider jobs in broadcasting, marketing, research, and media campaigning. View article »

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Bachelor's in Communications

Here we discuss the common topics and coursework found in a bachelor's degree program in telecommunications as well as some of the education and career options available to graduates of the program.

Students majoring in telecommunications typically earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), and some pursue additional training by having a minor in a related field, such as information technology, computer science, or mass communications. These minors can further add to a student's knowledge of current technology and programs that can be applied to telecommunications. These degree programs offer students the opportunity to satisfy general educational requirements while studying telecommunications theory and applications.

Telecommunications involves the study of the science and technology that is involved in communications at a distance. As such, students learn about the installation and maintenance of video, audio, and multimedia equipment. Business and industry practices and standards are studied. Some programs that incorporate network and information technology may also teach students how to solve technology-related problems, recommend maintenance solutions, provide effective system designs, and suggest appropriate core information technologies. Coursework in a bachelor's degree program in telecommunications may include:

  • Information technology communications
  • Cyber law and ethics
  • Website design
  • IT service management
  • Network security
  • Network maintenance

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Continuing Education

Students who have successfully completed a major in telecommunications and received their bachelor's degree may consider continuing education to advance their career opportunities. The Master of Science (M.S.) in Telecommunications teaches technical courses and management, regulations, and public policies training. Students who enroll in a master's degree or graduate certificate program typically participate in a telecommunications project to gain further training.

Telecommunications Technicians

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, telecommunication technician jobs require some form of postsecondary education, usually resulting in a certificate or associate's degree in telecommunications, electronics repair, or something similar.

Because the industry changes so rapidly, individuals working in telecommunications should maintain their skills to stay abreast of the latest technology. Continuing education is typically available at community colleges and training centers.

A bachelor's degree program in telecommunications teaches students about the installation and maintenance of communications equipment. Graduates of these programs can further their education with a master's degree in the field or work as telecommunications technicians.

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