Host said: How did you get your start doing telecommunications technician work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?
Do you need a particular educational background?
I got in via DeVry Associate degree. Or that is how I started. I am not in telco right now. The industry has taken a huge hit since the telecom bust of '99-00 and I haven't been in since then. I, like many others were in during the great boom/build out. Pre-99 Telecom cos along with cable companies were over-building capacity in fiber. We were laying glass everywhere. This was due to the Internet.
Now, there are a ton of people wanting to get back in if they can. It's tough. It's mostly via knowing somebody.
YOU...happen to be in, probably, the best place to be for Telco. I used to live/train there. There are many manufacturers of equip there. Also, your usual RBOCs and Long-line (MCI, ATT etc...) have a large presence due to geographic placement (largest city in middle of country).
Having a degree, 2 year in my case, helps. Yet, as above, it's now more of whom you know. I had a couple of dozen contacts. Now, they're in the wind. Short of hiring a PI, I can't find anyone. You can even get various certifications to get in the door. Prob is, w/ certs they look to experience w/ it. This, again, is where knowing someone helps tremendously.
The demand is high because it's a decent paying job that is pretty cushy. Good benefits. The companies make so much money they have to find things to spend it on for tax reasons. Though, not as much at this moment.
My recommendations? Know what you like/want. Meaning: do you want to work outside? Good w/ your hands? Are you capable of looking at a computer screen all day w/o going nuts? Etc,.
I might be able to point you in a more specific direction if you tell me what about telco you like/appeals to you.
Ler me know