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Telecoms engineers work on satellite, digital TV and fibre optic systems, and install broadband, mobile and landline phone networks.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 to 45 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements.

Experience in electronic or electrical engineering would be useful.

Although not essential, you could get a college qualification in a subject like communications cabling, ICT systems and principles, or electrical and electronic engineering.

You may need a full driving licence.

You could also get into this job as a trainee or through an IT or telecoms apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • a methodical approach and attention to detail
  • analytical skills 
  • communication skills
  • an ability to read technical drawings, cabling plans and circuit diagrams

3. What you'll do

You'll work for broadband or mobile phone operators, satellite installers, rail companies or public bodies like the emergency services.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • setting up communications and data networks
  • installing aerials or satellites
  • laying and testing underground and underfloor cabling
  • finding and fixing faults
  • designing, building and testing components and equipment

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000 to £18,000

Experienced: £18,000 to £25,000

Highly Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000 (manager)

You could earn more for working shifts.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. You may need to work other times to cover emergency call outs.

You'll work at customers' businesses and homes. You may be provided with a company vehicle.

You may work at height when installing satellite systems.

6. Career path and progression

With training and experience, you could move into supervisory roles, network design or electronic engineering.

You could set up your own installation and repair business.

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Last updated: 11 September 2018