Communications Technologies/technicians College Majors and Programs
A majority of students will pursue a college degree or advanced technical education in
communication technologies in order to become a communication technician. Communication
technicians are the behind the scene experts that work in the world of broadcast. They're
responsible for installing, maintaining and repairing technical equipment. They work for radio
stations, cell phone companies, recording studios, television stations and other broadcast
Earning a college degree or majoring in communication technology is excellent preparation for careers in operations, support and management of film and video, recording, and graphic communications. For students with a special interest in a fast-paced career in television or radio broadcasting, as well as music or video production and recording arts, earning a degree in communication technology, broadcast technology or getting advanced training as a communications technician is a great place to begin. Many communication degree programs allow students to select a more specific area of concentration such as printing management, desktop publishing, digital imaging design, animation, printing press, video graphics, computer typography and more. If you like communications, but prefer to work behind the scenes in delivering the message to the people, then communication technologies might be just what you're looking for in a degree program and a career.
The minimum education requirement to become a communication technician is an undergraduate degree in communications technologies from an accredited college or vocational school. A 2-year associate degree will prepare students for entry-level career opportunities, however, most employers are looking for candidates with at least a bachelor's degree–and prior work experience. Some employers prefer candidates with specialized training from a vocational or technical school. A technical degree or certificate is usually sufficient for technicians seeking career opportunities in recording studios, where television and radio stations prefer candidates with a college level education with a specialization in broadcast technology.
There are several industry certifications that students can pursue in order to set themselves apart from the competition and develop additional expertise. The Society of Broadcast Engineers offers more than eight levels of certification for visual engineers, audio engineers and other communication technicians that have at least a few years of on-the-job experience. (You can learn more about certifications at http://www.sbe.org/sections/cert_classif.php) Certifications are earned by studying and passing exams. While certification is not a requirement for employment, it provides potential employers with additional assurance that a technician meets all national standards of excellence within the industry.
The following is a comprehensive directory of the accredited colleges and universities in the United States that offer majors and degree programs in communication technologies and closely related fields of study.