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Communications Managers

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

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Work Environment

Communications managers usually work in communications centers on land or aboard ships.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $22,938 - $294,189


Communication managers plan, build, secure, operate, and defend communications networks. They oversee the development and maintenance of policies and plans that are essential to operational success.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Like other officers communications managers complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities military structure and etiquette traditions and leadership development. Additional training consists of classroom and field training. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Communications theory and security
  • Communications-electronics management and maintenance
  • Satellite and signals communications
  • Electronic principles technologies and systems
  • Tactical combat communications systems
  • Computer systems

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in planning and directing the work of others
  • Interest in technical work
  • Interest in working with computers, radios, and electronic equipment

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