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A High-Demand Career for Our Hyper-Connected World

Friday, December 9th, 2011

It’s almost hard to remember, but not so long ago, technologies handled one medium or accomplished one or two tasks. For example, each type of entertainment medium had to be played on a specific device: Video was played on a television, using some type of video player, music was played on a compact disc player and video games were played through some type of console. In the same way, each type of communication media used its own technology for transmission: voice conversation by telephone, e-mail via computer, and so on.

But as everyone now knows, devices can now interact with lots of different formats. So while the primary purpose of the Xbox video game console is still to play video games, it can also play back video and music and connect to the Internet. And, of course, cell phones are used for far more than just making phone calls, also functioning as personal music players, digital cameras and text messaging systems.

Convergence Technology brings together these various communications – voice, video and data – into a single network and it’s indispensable in today’s uber-connected world. And that makes Convergence Technology specialists indispensable as well. According to ATE’s Convergence Technology Center skilled specialists in the areas of Convergence Technology and Home Technology Integration are in great demand to design, build, test, secure and troubleshoot communication infrastructure and devices for both home and business markets.

As Copeland Crisson told ATETV in this week’s Episode, “A lot of students have been exposed to a lot of the [different] technologies, but they’ve never been exposed to the point at which these technologies come together.” Training programs like the Convergence Technology Program at Collin College in Frisco, Texas offer both degrees and certificates to prepare students for the workforce and for professional certification exams.

What does a Convergence Technology program of study look like? It generally begins with the basics – courses in Network Fundamentals and Routing Protocols and Concepts, as well as College Algebra. But it soon expands to include training in classes such as Digital Home Technology Integration, Wireless Telephone Systems, Information Storage Management and Operating System Security, among others. Students are also exposed to plenty of hands-on applications and real-world problem solving to get a firsthand look at how technologies come together.

“The jobs in this area are very attractive, whether building a network, maintaining a network or troubleshooting a network,” Dell Computer’s Glenn Wintrech told ATETV. And while the constantly-changing field means that today’s jobs may be obsolete within a few years, there’s no question that a new crop of jobs will be on the horizon.

As Cisco’s Corey Kirkendoll puts it, “Everybody has a computer, everybody wants to be networked and connected, so there’s always an opportunity. We are positive that there will be more jobs available than we can fill.”