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What Does a Voice Engineer Do?

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A voice engineer assures that voice over Internet protocols operate efficiently. Some engineers specialize in the design and creation of such protocols, while others focus predominately on maintaining and troubleshooting existing networking systems. Medium and large businesses generally employ a voice engineer to oversee internal networks as a way to assure that systems are operating at optimal levels.

Commonly referred to as VoIP, voice over Internet protocols allow voice transmissions to take place over the Internet. As a replacement for traditional telephone models, VoIP operations allow transmissions to occur at a faster rate. To assure that systems are in good condition and performing according to expectations, a voice engineer is employed to consistently monitor these highly specialized systems.

Businesses that rely on VOIP communications are often faced with valid security concerns. The engineer, however, works to assure that all transmissions sent and received through the system are securely processed. Trained to recognize bugs and possible threats, these engineers are often employed as members of Internet security teams.

A typical voice engineer job description requires candidates to be specially trained in state-of-the-art telecommunications technology. Most also require certification as proof of specialized training in Internet technology. In order to earn such certification, candidates must be able to pass an exam created to assess one’s competency in subjects such as Internet PBX, security and networking. Periodically, voice engineers must also retest to renew existing certifications.

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These engineers sometimes work to install equipment, such as wiring and cable lines, needed to operate specific voice technologies. Some also design training materials to instruct others on the proper care and maintenance of specialized equipment. Most people working in this industry focus on one area of expertise, but may be proficient in several of these areas.

Some voice engineer jobs involve providing customer support to those who consume voice services from a company. In this capacity, engineer duties may also require varying levels of skill in sales and financial savvy to handle a customer’s billing concerns. Engineers who provide customer support may also, at times, need to recommend enhanced voice products to customers in order to improve the overall functionality of an existing system. For instance, a voice engineer may suggest that a customer purchase a service that provides more bandwidth to increase voice speeds or may suggest that a customer add voicemail to an existing account to filter large call volumes.

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