These civilian telecommunication jobs involve the installation and maintenance of equipment, lines, radios, towers, computer networks, and cellular devices. Ex-military service members are trained in transmitting data, voice, and video utilizing these and other more complex telecommunication means. We will discuss the following civilian telecommunications jobs that ex-military service members may take a look at if they wish to continue their telecommunications career after leaving the military.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2017* 2018**)||Job Growth (2016-2026)||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers||$53,380*||-8%||Accurate Color Vision, Mechanical Skills|
|Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers||$55,060*||2%||Equipment Operation, Technology Design & Control|
|Telecommunications Engineering Specialists||$76,755** (telecommunications engineers)||7% (Electrical and electronics engineers)||Equipment Operation, Technology Design & Control|
|Radio, Cellular, & Tower Equipment Installers & Repairers||$56,000*||5%||Dexterity, Problem Solving Skills|
|Computer Network Architects||$104,650*||6%||Detail Oriented, Analytical Skills|
Source(s): *Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), **Payscale.com
Ex-Military Telecommunications Jobs
The military operates some of the world's largest and complex telecommunications systems. Communication between land, sea, and air military locations is crucial to carrying out military missions. The ability to install and repair equipment, lines, and networks may be beneficial when pursuing and getting hired into civilian positions in the telecommunications subsector. Learn more about the jobs listed in the table in the descriptions, below.
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers insert and fix communication signal carrying devices such as telephone lines, cable television, and Internet routers. Ex-military telecommunications equipment installers and repairers not only have experience in communications equipment but also in the computer, radar systems, and sonar systems.
There are three types of telecommunications equipment installers and repairers: 1) central office technicians who maintain equipment at central offices 2) head end technicians who maintain equipment in cable and television distribution centers 3) home installers and repairers for private homes and businesses. This position usually requires a certificate or an associate's degree in electronics, computer networking, or telecommunications. Although candidates receive on-the-job training, those with postsecondary or prior military experience may require less. Due to the ever-changing technological advances, the installer and repairer will need to take continuing education classes to keep up with new industry standards.
Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
Telecommunications line installers and repairers install and fix cable and fiber optic lines. Service members who served as Army cable systems installer-maintainers have experience testing cables and circuits which are used to control troop movement.
Telecommunications line installers and repairers set up, connect, and adjust service lines at customers' homes for telecommunication companies. Industries hiring for this position are wired telecommunication carriers, building equipment contractors, and utility system construction companies. A high school diploma or certificate is typically required for this position.
Telecommunications Engineering Specialists
Telecommunications engineering specialists design and customize information, video, and voice communication processes. Military communications equipment operators have experience creating, decoding, and transmitting messages using a wide variety of telecommunication equipment at military bases around the world.
Telecommunications engineering specialists coordinate pricing with telecommunications vendors. They are also responsible for all backup and recovery efforts. They must stay current on technological changes in industry standards to be up-to-date with recent advances.
Radio, Cellular, & Tower Equipment Installers & Repairers
Radio, cellular, & tower equipment installers and repairers set up and fix mobile, stationary, and two-way radio communication systems in cellular, broadband, and radio equipment. Military communications equipment repairers have intensive experience in a wide variety of telecommunications equipment such as satellites, radios, telephones, and antennas.
Radio, cellular, and tower equipment installers and repairers analyze and use work orders and blueprints to install equipment. They are responsible for testing network coverage. They must also ensure that all hardware is adequately secured and anchored. The leading industries hiring cellular, radio, and tower equipment installers and repairers are wireless telecommunications carriers and utility construction companies.
Computer Network Architects
Computer network architects secure computer networks using a firewall, security probes, and security audits. Military service members who served as cybersecurity specialists have experience protecting military systems from cyber attacks.
Computer network architects also design, customize, and build local and wide area networks including intranets and extranets for organizations. They must research the industry's latest technologies and use them to keep their customer's systems up-to-date. Network architects need 5-10 years of prior experience in networking or information technology which military service members may typically possess. Ex-military service members may need to become certified in the product(s) used by the organization they work for.