The huge telecom industry relies on various digital technologies to provide wired and wireless services that include voice, data, graphics, video, television (including cable and satellite programming), and Internet communication. One out of four telecommunications employees works at the technician level, installing, maintaining, updating, and repairing equipment. In 2006, almost half of all telecom positions were with wired telecommunications; 36 percent were with wireless telecom carriers and with cable and other program providers.
The telecom industry is one of the highest-paying. To qualify for one of the many lucrative jobs available, you need to be up-to-date on the newest technology. Increasingly, employers are looking for workers with an associate or bachelor's degree in electronics or telecommunications. Whether or not you have a degree, you must be able to show prospective employers that you're familiar with the relevant hardware and software. Many telecommunications companies provide career training in-house, and some may pay for you earn a degree.