The 9 most in-demand telecom engineering skills

Oct. 1, 2014
The top 9 telecom engineering skills currently being sought by employers are listed, regardless of infrastructure focus.

Kelly Hill, an editor specializing in Big Data, analytics, and test and measurement coverage at RCR Wireless News, recently surveyed job postings for telecom engineers across dozens of Internet job boards and compiled a list of the top 9 telecom engineering skills currently being sought by employers.

"While many specific skill set requirements vary depending on whether the job is primarily wireline or wireless focused, or if the job focuses on the Radio Access Network versus the core, these are the ones that come up most frequently regardless of the infrastructure focus," writes Hill.

She adds, "This list includes skills across experience levels, from entry-level jobs to those requiring 10 or more years of experience; it also represents skills commonly desired across different types of telecom engineer positions, from organizations such as enterprises or school districts, to network operators or vendors."

The abbreviated list is as follows:

1. The ability to administer routers, switches, gateways, and oversee telecom infrastructure including the WAN/LAN and wireless LANs.

2. Telecom certifications, with membership or certification from BICSI the most frequently specified.

3. WAN protocol skills, including MPLS, SIP and others.

4. Cabling skills, including familiarity with cabling standards from ETSI, TIA and EIA as well as familiarity with the NEC.

5. Good documentation practices.

6. Interpersonal and communication skills.

7. Cross-platform telecom systems skills.

8. The ability to implement quality of service (QoS) features.

9. Deep understanding of relevant metrics and analytics for telecom networks.

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