How long will the GSM and CDMA boom last? - RF Cafe Forums
Post subject: How long will the GSM and CDMA boom last?
Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 10:09 am
Im an Electrical
Engineer..recent graduate , i wanted to know for how long the job in
RF Engineering , optimization , cellular network design last....?
I mean after 5-10 years will the people still have these jobs or
will they fire everyone.
I was planning on a career in this field.
Please send me your comments .
Post subject: Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2005
In all likelyhood, the job you take today will be much
different 5 to 10 years from now. Technology and our economy tend to
change fast. The CDMA and GSM industries will morph into something else
and you will have to change throughout your career to keep up. This
is one thing that makes a career as an engineer challenging.
I started my RF career working with AMPS, the old analog cell phone
system. I went from amps to GSM, CDMA, WCDMA and CDMA2000 and will continue
to learn and grow with the emergence of new wireless standards. Such
is the nature of this work.
Career StabilityPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 6:44 pm
You will be OK
only if the company you work for allows you to stick around. I too started
in the prehistoric AMPS days and rose through the ranks during the Cellular/PCS
evolutions, and still was laid off at the end of 2002 from a company
that was a great company until Cingular Wireless decided it was time
to expand my horizons.
I still keep current, but I took a lesser
position with a company I never would have even considered working for,
even when I was in Two-Way back in the mid eighties.