What is 5G?
5G refers to the fifth generation of the global cellular wireless network the technology that powers your smartphone, your apps, you modem, and pretty much every other digital device on the planet. First came 1G, then 2G, 3G, and 4G (the current generation, for most users).
But 5G represents a much bigger leap in wireless computing power than anything that’s come before. “It’s not simply another G,” says Amol Phadke, global network practice lead at Accenture, “It has the potential to completely disrupt the way we work and live.” And, as always, with disruption comes opportunity.
That’s why 5G careers and 5G qualifications have become so important. Learning 5G isn’t just about becoming savvy with some new technology. It’s about building a future-proof career in a brave new digital world. And thanks to RMIT Online, it’s open to everybody.
Why work in 5G?
Starting a 5G career now is like becoming a web developer in 1993. Although it might take some time, worldwide adoption of 5G technology is pretty much inevitable it’s faster, more reliable and more powerful than anything currently on the market (approximately 100 times faster than current 4G networks, according to experts). Countries like America, Japan and the U.K. are already busy building 5G infrastructure. All that’s missing is a well-trained, 5G-ready workforce.
Here are some careers that will draw on 5G technology
- Solution Architect
- VR Developer
- Network Engineer
- Mobile App Developer
- Product Manager
- Software Engineer
5 reasons To learn 5G
It’s in demand
The telecommunications industry is predicting a huge surge in 5G careers over the next 10 to 20 years. Reports suggest that, by 2035, 5G technology will be worth $13.2 trillion and support 22.3 million jobs around the world. 5G careers are going to be more crucial than ever.
It pays well
While 5G-specific careers are still in their infancy, going by current trends, they’re going to be quite lucrative. Senior Solution Architects already earn around $156,000 in Australia, while Network Engineers benchmark at $96,000 per annum. The potential for future wage growth is huge.
5G will affect nearly every industry on Earth, including smart phones, driverless cars, remote work, machine learning, streaming platforms and the Internet of Things. Learning 5G technologies now, before they become truly mainstream, is a great way to future-proof your CV.
It opens doors
5G doesn’t just open doors within the telecommunications industry (Telstra, Optus and Vodafone are all building 5G networks in Australia) it will be relevant for all businesses, all industries, and all countries. By learning 5G, you’re tapping into global employment network.
Some experience in network engineering or solution architecture will obviously help when learning 5G, but they’re not necessary. Anyone can switch careers and jump into 5G technologies. You don’t need any specific experience or knowledge to get started.
5G will probably disrupt the labour market in ways we can’t understand yet. Automation will be the end of some traditional careers, particularly in retail and manufacturing, but it will also give rise to others the world is going to need more network engineers, solution architects, VR programmers and machine learning experts. It’ll also need more business leaders who understand 5G’s potential – and its risks.
Here are just a few 5G careers you might consider
- Senior Solution Architect | $156,000
- VR/AR Engineer | $155,000
- Network Engineer | $96,000
- Mobile App Developer | $93,000
- Machine Learning Engineer | $95,000
- Product Manager | $119,000
- Robotics Engineer | $100,000
How to learn 5G for beginners
Our curriculum is purpose-built for online study, and you don’t need any special skills to get started. Each unit combines interactive webinars, 1-on-1 tutorials, group work and practical tasks. We designed these courses alongside some of the best engineers, programmers and solution architects Australia.
Here’s an idea of what you’ll need.
- Commitment. Our course is divided into bite-sized chunks and designed to fit around your schedule. We recommend studying a few hours every day to stay committed and on track.
- Notes. Your RMIT Online mentors will encourage you to take lots of notes. It’s a good way to flag any potential problems.
- Collaboration. As part of your course, you’ll be working with qualified 5G experts. You’ll also have access to an online peer community.
- Knowledge. 5G technology is going to evolve over time. We’ll help you stay up-to-date with the latest applications.
- Resources. RMIT Online will provide plenty of great 5G resources. These tools can be used during the course, or even after completion.
Learn about 5G
Ready to learn 5G? This is the best place to start. Read as much as you can. Ask questions. Contact one of our RMIT Online course counsellors. You can find all our 5G news and coverage below.
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RMIT Online 5G Courses
RMIT Online is one of Australia’s top 5G training providers. We offer a range of 5G related courses depending on your career goals and experience. You can learn about 5G online, at your own pace, with plenty of support from expert mentors. Each course was co-designed with industry.
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