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TELECOMMUNICATIONS: It's Nothing But Show Business Anyway

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Sam shares his story about working in telecommunications for a huge convention center. He talks about what services he provides to trade groups coming in to present their products, and how he got into this business. He also shares what he would have loved to have known about this career when he first got into it.

Degree: Radio Telelvison
Job Title: Telecommunicaitons Worker

Job Summary: Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers

Job Description

Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, also known as telecom technicians, set up and maintain devices or equipment that carry communications signals, connect to telephone lines, or access the Internet.

Telephone, computer, and cable telecommunications systems rely on sophisticated equipment to process and transmit vast amounts of information. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers—often called telecom technicians—install and service this equipment.

To inspect equipment and diagnose problems, telecom technicians use many different tools. For instance, to locate distortions in signals, they may use spectrum analyzers and polarity probes. They also commonly use handtools, including screwdrivers and pliers, to take equipment apart and repair it. In addition, telecom technicians frequently install and update software and programs for some devices.

On-the-Job Training

Training may last several weeks to a few months. Workers who have completed postsecondary training often require less on-the-job instruction than those who have not.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Society of Cable and Telecommunications Engineers. May be required for work on specific equipment.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $70,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Likes working with hands, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Teamwork

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Trade/vocational School
High school degree
Associate degree
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<span m='13720'>the</span> <span m='14240'>big</span> <span m='14440'>trade</span> <span m='14870'>shows.</span> <span m='15290'>So</span> <span m='15555'>if a</span> <span m='15820'>group,</span> <span m='16570'>for</span> <span m='16830'>instance,</span> <span m='17830'>like</span> <span m='18290'>VMware</span> <span m='18765'>or</span> <span m='19240'>Oracle</span> <span m='20665'>orders</span> <span m='21140'>some</span> <span m='21615'>telecommunications</span> <span m='22090'>needs,</span> <span m='22565'>we take care of</span> <span m='23040'>those needs,</span> <span m='23515'>whatever</span> <span m='23990'>those</span> <span m='24470'>needs may be.</span> <span m='24810'>Whether it's</span> <span m='25550'>fiber,</span> <span m='27660'>installing</span> <span m='29660'>high</span> <span m='29810'>speed</span> <span m='30080'>internet.</span> <span m='30820'>And</span> <span m='31050'>we</span> <span m='31250'>even</span> <span m='31380'>do</span> <span m='31830'>dial</span> <span m='32250'>tone</span> <span m='32540'>too</span> <span m='32720'>which</span> <span m='32980'>is</span> <span m='33080'>kind</span> <span m='33290'>of</span> <span m='33350'>outdated.</span> <span m='34125'>I don't</span> <span m='34510'>know.</span> <span m='34680'>That's</span> <span m='34940'>a</span> <span m='35430'>regular phone</span> <span m='35700'>line.</span> <span m='38470'>So</span> <span m='38960'>it</span> <span m='39255'>all depends</span> <span m='39550'>on</span> <span m='39620'>what</span> <span m='39800'>their</span> <span m='39900'>needs</span> <span m='40210'>are.</span> <span m='41220'>And</span> <span m='41430'>that's</span> <span m='41700'>pretty</span> <span m='41900'>much</span> <span m='42240'>kind of</span> <span m='42530'>what</span> <span m='42840'>I do here</span> <span m='43230'>in</span> <span m='43566'>Moscone.</span> </p><p><span m='44240'>My</span> <span m='44650'>career</span> <span m='45020'>path.</span> <span m='45690'>Wow.</span> <span m='46470'>When</span> <span m='46710'>I</span> <span m='46730'>went</span> <span m='46930'>to</span> <span m='47020'>college,</span> <span m='47420'>I</span> <span m='47500'>wanted</span> <span m='47820'>to</span> <span m='47930'>be</span> <span m='48250'>in</span> <span m='48370'>me,</span> <span m='49962'>I</span> <span m='50320'>guess,</span> <span m='50880'>entertainment</span> <span m='51420'>industry.</span> <span m='52920'>That's why</span> <span m='53400'>I started this</span> <span m='53540'>in</span> <span m='53870'>Long Beach.</span> <span m='55420'>Like</span> <span m='55560'>I</span> <span m='55600'>said,</span> <span m='55780'>over</span> <span m='56070'>25</span> <span m='56670'>years</span> <span m='56890'>ago,</span> <span m='57070'>I</span> <span m='57130'>kind</span> <span m='57330'>of</span> <span m='57390'>bumped</span> <span m='57780'>into</span> <span m='57980'>this</span> <span m='58240'>part of the</span> <span m='58650'>industry.</span> <span m='59780'>It</span> <span m='59950'>was</span> <span m='60120'>kind</span> <span m='60320'>of</span> <span m='60630'>something</span> <span m='60720'>I wanted to do</span> <span m='60980'>because</span> <span m='61450'>to</span> <span m='61550'>me</span> <span m='61700'>it's</span> <span m='61870'>nothing</span> <span m='62080'>but</span> <span m='62280'>show</span> <span m='62450'>business</span> <span m='62810'>anyway.</span> <span m='63150'>I</span> <span m='63280'>call</span> <span m='63530'>it</span> <span m='63925'>move the</span> <span m='64180'>shows</span> <span m='64629'>in,</span> <span m='64800'>move</span> <span m='64930'>them</span> <span m='65129'>out.</span> <span m='65860'>So</span> <span m='66110'>it's</span> <span m='66270'>something</span> <span m='66980'>I</span> <span m='68110'>still</span> <span m='68600'>kind</span> <span m='69080'>of</span> <span m='69200'>have a bug</span> <span m='69570'>for it.</span> </p><p><span m='71040'>My</span> <span m='71450'>other career</span> <span m='71720'>path,</span> <span m='72040'>since you're</span> <span m='72360'>going</span> <span m='72490'>to</span> <span m='72540'>ask</span> <span m='72940'>me,</span> <span m='73130'>I'm</span> <span m='73260'>a</span> <span m='73320'>Realtor</span> <span m='73850'>too.</span> <span m='75690'>So</span> <span m='76840'>I</span> <span m='76980'>do</span> <span m='77120'>this</span> <span m='77300'>on</span> <span m='77440'>a</span> <span m='77520'>part-time</span> <span m='77970'>basis.</span> <span m='79010'>So</span> <span m='80940'>that's</span> <span m='81640'>where</span> <span m='81830'>I'm</span> <span m='81850'>at</span> <span m='82120'>right</span> <span m='82330'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='83620'>When</span> <span m='83790'>I</span> <span m='83850'>first</span> <span m='84210'>started,</span> <span m='84520'>we</span> <span m='84640'>did</span> <span m='84850'>Windows</span> <span m='85100'>95.</span> <span m='85530'>I</span> <span m='85930'>wish</span> <span m='86210'>I</span> <span m='86300'>would've</span> <span m='86640'>actually</span> <span m='88670'>figured</span> <span m='88930'>out</span> <span m='89110'>the</span> <span m='89260'>industry</span> <span m='90930'>as</span> <span m='91110'>a</span> <span m='91160'>whole</span> <span m='92150'>and</span> <span m='92410'>been</span> <span m='92610'>able</span> <span m='92860'>to</span> <span m='93040'>take</span> <span m='93270'>advantage</span> <span m='93830'>as</span> <span m='94120'>a</span> <span m='94430'>businessman</span> <span m='95160'>more</span> <span m='95410'>so</span> <span m='95630'>instead of</span> <span m='96035'>just sitting</span> <span m='96440'>behind</span> <span m='96800'>the scenes</span> <span m='97160'>always,</span> <span m='98140'>learning</span> <span m='98585'>the</span> <span m='99030'>infrastructure</span> <span m='100160'>to</span> <span m='100290'>where</span> <span m='100630'>the</span> <span m='101240'>industry</span> <span m='101640'>was</span> <span m='101800'>headed,</span> <span m='102490'>and to</span> <span m='102700'>be</span> <span m='102890'>able</span> <span m='103010'>to</span> <span m='103080'>see</span> <span m='103580'>where the</span> <span m='103750'>industry</span> <span m='104290'>is</span> <span m='104460'>today.</span> <span m='106640'>To</span> <span m='106790'>where</span> <span m='107050'>it</span> <span m='107110'>is</span> <span m='107310'>today</span> <span m='107800'>where is</span> <span m='108240'>everybody</span> <span m='109470'>basically</span> <span m='110620'>couldn't</span> <span m='110970'>live</span> <span m='111140'>without</span> <span m='111440'>the</span> <span m='111510'>internet.</span> <span m='112110'>We</span> <span m='112360'>actually</span> <span m='112750'>used</span> <span m='114500'>build</span> <span m='114750'>up</span> <span m='114990'>the</span> <span m='115100'>internet.</span> <span m='116130'>If I</span> <span m='116340'>would</span> <span 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