Communications Managers

Communications Managers

Instant worldwide communication among air, sea, and land forces is vital to military operations. The services operate some of the largest and most complex communications networks in the world. Communications managers plan and direct the operation of military communication systems. They also manage personnel in communications centers and relay stations.

Job Details:

What They Do:

Communications managers in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Develop rules and procedures for sending and receiving communications
  • Direct personnel who operate computer systems and electronic telecommunications and satellite communications equipment
  • Develop ways to track and ensure the security of communications equipment
  • Direct personnel who maintain and repair communications equipment
  • Develop budgets for communications centers

Civilian Counterparts:

Civilian communications managers work for organizations in business and government to plan, develop, and manage their communications systems and networks. For example, large global companies with offices around the world often have their own systems and networks to make it easier for managers and employees to share information and communicate by phone, e-mail, or teleconference. With the exception of duties related to combat situations, civilian communications managers perform duties similar to their military counterparts.

Work Environment:

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


The services have about 2,000 communications managers. Each year, they need new communications managers to meet the changing demands in the field. After job training, communications managers are assigned to manage or assist in managing a communications center. With experience, they may advance to senior management or command positions.