Median Salary: $84,448
Salary Growth (2009–2015): +14%
Total Employees: 10,900
Change in Employees (2009–2015): -3%
These managers are employed by telecommunications companies to oversee the development, operation and maintenance of their services. They have titles like “telephone company district manager” or “facilities manager of telecommunications.” Telecommunications managers must have the technical knowledge and experience to assess installations, operations and maintenance services, and make recommendations for improvement.
A university degree in science, electrical engineering, or a related field is required, plus experience in a related technical profession and supervisory role. Most positions are filled through promotions within the industry, usually by a company’s internal candidates.
The median salary was $84,448 in 2015. Experienced individuals can earn more, up to $110,000 per year.
Around the turn of the century, the telecommunications industry underwent a round of consolidation that included some layoffs. Employment in this industry is projected to continue to decrease slightly, but at a slower pace than before. Job opportunities will mostly arise from new services that focus on wireless capabilities, high-speed Internet and Internet telephony.