Your Research Guide to a Career In Telecommunications

I encourage job seekers to use this guide to learn about telecommunications and the job opportunities in that field. All of the URL’s below are live links in the digital replica of Search & Employ®.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a part of the United States Department of Labor, describes the field in two ways: (1) as a group of industries and (2) as a group of occupations.


The BLS describes the industries in “Industries at a Glance” pages on its website. These pages provide statistics on employment, unemployment, and openings, hires, and separations; employment by occupation; earnings and hours; earnings by occupation; and numbers of establishments.

The BLS arranges the descriptions according to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Each industry has a code, and the industries are grouped by sectors, subsectors, etc. For an explanation of NAICS codes, see “Understanding Employment Statistics” in the September-October 2016 issue of Search & Employ®. The BLS also uses NAICS codes in a table of employment projections by industry for the years 2014 through 2024.

Telecommunications is a subsector of the Information sector. Its NAICS code is 517, and its “Industries at a Glance”.

Another subsector in the field of telecommunications is Broadcasting (Except Internet), with an NAICS code of 515 and a “Industries at a Glace” page. Within this subsector are two “industry groups”: (1) Radio and Television Broadcasting and (2) Cable and Other Subscription Programming.

A third such subsector is Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing, with an NAICS code of 334 and an “Industries at a Glance” page.


The BLS describes occupations in various chapters of its Occupational Outlook Handbook. Each chapter covers the nature of the work, the work environment, qualifications, pay, job outlook, similar occupations, and contacts for more information.

The BLS arranges the chapters according to the Standard Occupational Classification and Coding Structure (SOC). For an explanation of SOC codes, see the article “Understanding Employment Statistics” mentioned above. The BLS also uses the SOC in a table of employment projections by occupation for the years 2014 through 2024.

The Handbook has four chapters on telecommunications occupations:

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4


The Telecommunications Industry Association has a linked list of its member companies. Most of the members’ sites have “jobs” or “careers” or “opportunities” pages.


To learn about the issues, the major players, and the general buzz in information technology, I suggest that you read magazines and view media websites on the subject.

Publication / Site Publisher Link

Audio Media International /NewBay Media, LLC

AV Network/ NewBay Media, LLC

Cablefax/ Access Intelligence, LLC

Cabling Installation and Maintenance/ PennWell Corporation

CE Pro/ EH Publishing for custom electronics professionals

CED/ Advantage Business Media for multichannel video program distributor (MVPD) engineers and engineering managers

Commercial Integrator/ EH Publishing

Communications News/ Neslon Publishing, Inc.

Lightwave/ PennWell Corporation

Multichannel News LLC/ NewBay Media

RCR Wireless News/ Arden Operating Company Telecommunications Media Group

Telecomfile/ TelecomFile

TV Technology/ NewBay Media, LLC

Urgent Communications/ Penton

Wireless Design & Development/ Advantage Business Media

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By Mike Rollins

This article appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of Search & Employ Magazine