Communications Technology/Technicians postsecondary programs concentrate on graphics design, visual and electronic communications. The programs teach you how to use advanced technology systems to design, develop, measure and monitor communications structures. Undergraduate degree programs prepare you to gain entry level positions, while more advanced degree programs prepare you to step into senior level roles. Accredited colleges and universities offer classroom and distance learning courses in Communications Technology/Technicians.
Although core courses you may be required to take to graduate from Communications Technology/Technician programs are established by individual colleges and universities, when you enroll in the programs you can expect to take core courses such as:
Skills you gain from taking Communications Technology/Technician college and university programs include writing, visual communications, analytical and critical thinking skills. You can also gain skills like printing, desktop publishing and digital design skills. Types of jobs these and other skills can help you get hired into include communications specialist, computer technologist, computer scientist, visual artist, advertising technician and/or graphic artist.
Credentials and undergraduate degrees you can earn in Communications Technology/Technicians include a Certificate in Communications Technologies, Certificate in Communications Engineering Technology, Associate of Arts in Communications Technology, Bachelor of Arts in Graphics Communication Technology, Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Applied Technology or a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Technology. Types of graduate degrees you can get when you major in Communications Technology/Technicians include a Master of Arts in Communications Technology and a Master of Arts in Communication and Applied Technology. If you attend college as a full-time student, expect it to take you four to five years to graduate with Bachelor degrees, and an additional two to three years to graduate with Master’s degrees. You can complete Certificate programs in 6 to 24 months, depending on the type of Certificate you get.
You can work for cable television stations, Internet service providers, major corporations and/or government agencies after you complete Communications Technology/Technicians degree coursework. From 2008 through 2018 jobs for telecommunications technicians are expected to decline by 9 percent according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Additionally, telecommunications technicians earned median weekly wages of $1,038 in 2008.