Telecommunication Engineering or telecom engineering is a quite vast field which comes under electronic engineering. The work ranges from basic circuit design to strategic mass developments; from designing of telecom equipments, electronic switching systems, copper telephone facilities, fibre optics to their installations.
A telecommunication engineer is responsible for designing and overseeing the installation of telecommunications equipment and facilities, such as complex electronic switching systems, copper telephone facilities, and fiber optics. Most Telecommunications Engineers specialize in a certain type of technology, such as telephone networks or broadband systems. A telecommunication engineer should be well versed with optical network systems, data network systems, next generation network systems, broadband technologies and wireless network systems.
Now, coming on the scope of telecommunication engineering, the course is excellent and has tremendous scope. India has seen unprecedented growth in the telecom sector in last 5 years and this has only fuelled the need for more and more qualified telecom engineers. There are a total of 19,820 seats in telecommunications engineering offered by private and government colleges. If you acquire additional skills in VLSI and embedded systems, it will fetch greater opportunities for you.
In order to be a good telecom engineer, you need to have some major skills which are:
- Good communication skills
- Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
- Management and organisational skills, needed to plan networks
Now finally coming on the pay scale, Indian companies have announced that they will reward employees with an average payment increase of 11% from year 2011 to year 2012, showing optimism about the future. Also, according to a survey the annual average income for software engineer/developer is around 320,000 INR per year and average income for more experienced senior software developer is around 550,000 INR or more.
Thus, if you are interested in this field and think have the desired characteristics or skills then do not think much and pursue telecommunication engineering as your career as the scope and future prospects of it are immense.