Career in Telecommunications Engineering
If you want a career which offers diversity, scope for creativity, a dynamic environment with an increasing demand in the market then telecommunication engineering might just be your calling.Telecommunications engineering is a part of electronics engineering which involves modeling, design, manufacturing, testing and operation of systems and the software APIs used for telecommunications.
According to a report by TRAI there are around 906 million mobile subscribers in India as of September 2012. The global telecom body GSM Association (GSMA) views India as the second largest market in the world in terms of mobile connections. Mobile penetration worldwide stands at 45% of the total population, while it is considerably lower in India.This presents good growth opportunities for telecommunications engineers in the domestic market.
Skills and challenges
A telecom engineer typically is given complete responsibility of constructing a telecommunication system or device. This entails that the engineer drafts the plan, design and also configure the hardware and software requirements to achieve the desired telecommunication system/device.
As one grows in this profession, he/she will also have to compile engineering project proposals to define goals, identify scope, background and need and also estimate the costing of the equipment, parts and services.
Analytical and problem solving skills are always an added advantage for a telecommunications engineer as identifying and analyzing problems of the existing telecommunications systems so that one can determine the most effective ways of reducing and eliminating future problems for improved communication levels.
The basic qualification that the job requires is an Engineering Degree in Electronic or Telecommunications. But like any other profession a degree alone cannot guarantee success. Companies prefer employees who have the basic knowledge of telecom operations with a dollop of an attitude to learn and adapt. The world of telecommunications is ever changing thus to be able to adapt to new technologies is a must in this job role.
In today’s times opportunities are galore for a telecommunication professional and this trend is only expected to rise positively with the ever growing demands of the consumers. A telecommunications engineer can work for the following companies:
Telecom equipment manufacturers like Samsung, Nokia, etc
Telecom network providers like Airtel, Vodafone, etc
Banks and Financial institutions
Research laboratories across the globe
System integrators such as Accenture, IBM, Wipro, etc.Companies usually prefer individuals with hands-on experience and practical knowledge of telecom operations. If not a job, an internship can also be a good start to a career in telecommunications.