Best Telecommunications Certifications for 2015

Best Telecommunications Certifications for 2015
By , Mary Lemons

When it comes to bringing people and systems together, networking is often required to make all of the right connections and technologies work. However, there's a lot more than just networking involved in telecommunications certifications and the technologies they cover. 

This article is something of a grab-bag, because it covers classic telecommunications, telecommunications networking and various kinds of streaming voice and video platforms for unified communications.

You'll notice that the first of our top five credentials consists of two Cisco Voice certifications -- the CCNA and CCNP -- which fall squarely in the unified communications bucket. We also cover two Telecommunications Certification Organization (TCO) certifications, and a classic voice and data convergence credential developed under the auspices of the Telecommunications Industry Association, or TIA.

You will also read about an engineering-oriented communications distribution credential from BICSI, which was originally a building trades association. The BICSI certification is in such high standing that it's a Department of Defense requirement. 

There's more than ordinary networking involved in many of these credentials because voice and streaming media traffic come with certain unavoidable and important requirements for limited latency and quick delivery.

These are necessary to enable real-time voice and video communications to occur, and for streaming media delivery to provide an acceptable user experience without hiccups, interruptions and so forth. Thus, there's a vital service level establishment, monitoring and troubleshooting component for these credentials.

There's also a larger-than-usual collection of protocols and services that certified professionals must know to install, configure, manage and troubleshoot, above and beyond the usual collection of TCP/IP basics commonly found in Internet-connected networking environments.

One of the new features that we're adding to the top five series is a search of common IT job boards to see which certs are trending and what employers are looking for. Keep in mind that these results are a snapshot in time, and a number of factors affect the results. For example, you can expect to see fewer listings for the most senior certs since fewer people actually possess those certs. Also, you can see that the results vary considerably depending on the job board. This may give you some idea of which boards may be more commonly used for certain types of certifications.

For the results shown in Table 1, we searched by the certification acronym. Imagine our surprise when we discovered that CCNT has a "twin" cert in the healthcare field that shares the same acronym. Obviously, this polluted the results and so we used the full name for this cert in our search.

Table 1: Job Board Survey Results

CCNA Voice13192998035343
CCNP Voice2430513711556344

We hope you find our top five telecom credential choices for 2015 useful.

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