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Talent Demand Bulletin: Telecom Technology

Telecom Technology
DC Metro Edition

Demand for System Architects Rises Sharply

Within this publication, CDI will provide insights about telecom companies within the DC metro and their changing appetites for IT talent.

In the past 30 days, DC-based demand for systems architecture skills has surged over 50%, largely due to 76 newly advertised jobs. This increase in architecture role demand follows a very recent up-click in demand for security analysts, which infers that risk assessments are concluding and system architecture planning is underway.

Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics are top competitors for system architecture skills. But there are other competitors, primarily in the telecom business, who are also seeking these skills. Find out who they are and what you will need to pay to secure top talent in this specialty.


Securing top system architecture talent will require a median salary of about $110K. The most seasoned architects will demand over $140K given top secret clearance, PMP and network certifications. Expect your search to take about 7 weeks, unless you hire a firm with a ready pipeline of talent and experience in the telecommunications space.


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