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What are some areas of telecommunications that will see the most growth in the coming decade or so?

I'm curious about what specific types of jobs are in demand now or will become more in demand within the next few years. This could even include positions that don't exist currently, but might in the future once technological innovations call for it. #communications #telecommunications #job-outlook #verizon

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Joanne’s Answer

I'd go with ...



  1. security (it's soooooo hot)

  2. data, data, and more data .. there's an evolving data scientists career for those that really want to engross themselves in it

  3. the hardware and software behind the 'internet of things'


(here's a nice link that explains IOT)


http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobmorgan/2014/05/13/simple-explanation-internet-things-that-anyone-can-understand/3302bb856828

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Thank you comment icon I would also add 5G technology & cloud computing Karen Cayea
Thank you comment icon Totally agree with Joanne! Data, security, 5G technology, unified communications! Anne Herrington
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Christopher’s Answer

That's a great question! Keep in mind that telecommunications anymore isn't just your phone and internet as it has been in the past. Telecom anymore is a broad statement, one that encompasses not only your day to day phone calls but also cloud services, machine to machine and pretty much everything else you would do on a network. As far as growth goes I see a lot of answers for security, yes that is very true, but also Software Defined networking (SDN) is growing extremely rapidly. Going away are the days of running physical cable to every piece of equipment in a switching center. Pretty soon it will be just a few pieces of fiber and few pieces of physical equipment running all virtual machines within itself. So to answer your question I would highly recommend looking into routing and coding skills, ie vmware, linux/unix, python etc. as those will be the new "telecommunication" skills that will be sought after since a good chunk of the physical equipment is now becoming just a card in a server.

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Ronald’s Answer

I would have to say that most of the areas of telecommunications are going to continue to grow at a rapid pace. If I had to give an educated guess, I would say anything tied to the virtual reality arena. companies are already making great strides, but I could see hologram phones calls and things of that nature.

Thank you comment icon That sounds amazing. The recent innovations in gaming definitely ring true with this. Thanks for the response! Alexandra, Admin
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Meg’s Answer

Wow. tough question, since things are changing fast. I haven't been in telecom for a little while, but will tell you that understanding the basics of networking, and anything about securing communications is going to be hot for a good time to come!

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Robin’s Answer

Of course its hard to predict the future but I think demand for cloud storage will increase as well as new ways to back up, save and search data

Thank you comment icon Good point...sometimes I wonder if we will one day migrate almost entirely to the cloud. Thanks for the reply! Alexandra, Admin
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Leanne’s Answer

The future is virtual, security, data, more data, cloud and technological innovations. Network security and increased bandwidth, the internet of things as well as software development.
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Ma Fatima’s Answer

Network Security. We have a lot of Engineers handing Data but few knows how to handle Security issue.
Voice is also on top as we live now on world where almost everything is being done virtually.

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Rani’s Answer

Customer comes first for the business to be successful. I see a lot of focus on technology - cloud/networks/5G etc. Technology keeps changing....In the future any role that can be automated will be - so the focus will be on skills that are more oriented towards improving / simplifying customer experience that cannot be automated - basically people skills , putting yourself in customer's shoes and identifying areas of improvement / reduce pain points / solutions - will be key.

Rani recommends the following next steps:

Start with yourself and make a list of things that can be improved
Prioritize the list
Pick top three that interests you (you'd do better if you choose what you love)
If you could suggest a solution what would it be ( you can collaborate among peers/friends/family)
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William’s Answer

Security, Software-Defined Networking, Cloud, and WiFi enhancements.
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Chirayu’s Answer

Telecommunications is a rapidly evolving field with a number of areas that are expected to see significant growth in the coming years. Here are some areas that are likely to see the most growth: The deployment of 5G networks is expected to bring about a new era of wireless connectivity, enabling faster speeds, lower latency, and increased capacity for a wide range of devices and applications. The IoT refers to the growing network of devices, sensors, and machines that are connected to the internet and can communicate with each other. The growth of the IoT is expected to drive demand for new technologies and solutions to manage, process, and analyze the large amounts of data generated by these devices. AI is expected to play an increasingly important role in the telecommunications industry, enabling new applications and services such as predictive maintenance, autonomous networks, and intelligent customer service. VR and AR are expected to play a growing role in the telecommunications industry, enabling new forms of entertainment, training, and collaboration. These are just a few examples of the many areas within telecommunications that are likely to see significant growth in the coming years. To stay ahead in the field, it's important to continually stay up-to-date with the latest developments and trends.



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Patel’s Answer

You have to identify the customer needs and deliver to them so that they can do what they need to do.

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Suman’s Answer

1. IOT
2. AI/ML
3. AR/VR/XR
4. Autonomous vehicles
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Amanda’s Answer

From my personal opinion, it would be advanced spectrums that power connective technologies... 5G think midband and high band GHz spectrums and the connections it powers...not just mobile and home broadband, but think smart everything...smart cities, smart shopping, automated smart manufacturing, virtual healthcare, Machine to Machine learning, AI...5G isd the considered the "next industrial revolution" and its here now! :-)
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Nicole’s Answer

There are so many parts of Telecommunications that are seeing growth and will continue to see growth. IoT, Security, Cloud storage will play important parts in the next several years. IoT because most items are moving to be online from lights to toasters. Security to help make all things secure and cloud storage to store all that information.

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Some colleges now have a Internet Security degree. Or Computer Science degree in Telecommunications.
I also am big for On the Job Training.
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Kimberly’s Answer

Just to emphasis much of what has been said to help you prioritize, working for AT&T for 30 years I have seen a tremendous amount of change in the market place and technologies. The biggest areas we see demand is security, mobility, and the internet of things (IOT). Nothing but growth as we try to keep up or even set the pace of technological revolution. If you focus your leaning in this area, you will have nothing but opportunities as you enter the work force! There are many free learning opportunities online also to start to understand even more, giving you a leg up as you go into classroom learning so you can excel more quickly. Innovation in these areas, not just learning but inventing, is also huge. You may find you fail more than you succeed but don't be afraid about that, it is totally normal and all you need is one good idea to change the world!
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Tirzah’s Answer

Based on my viewpoint, this area is so broad as some others have stated. However, if you are flexible in exploring. The areas I see having the most growth will be:

  1. Machine-to-machine/AI learning will replace a lot of repetitive functions
  2. Data analysts
  3. Cybersecurity
  4. Maximizing internet of things

Tirzah recommends the following next steps:

I suggest researching these areas to decide if there is interest. There will never be a replacement for creativity so if you have an innovative spirit you will be able to see new techniques or insights from the collected data to move the needle forward in these areas.
Review certification requirements on cybersecurity > https://certification.comptia.org/it-career-news/post/view/2017/09/27/the-comptia-cybersecurity-career-pathway-employable-skills-found-here
Read books on Applied Artificial Intelligence. Here's one that is recent: https://www.crcpress.com/Artificial-Intelligence-for-Autonomous-Networks/Gilbert/p/book/9780815355311