A communications engineer is responsible for the research, design, development and production of communications equipment/systems. Communications engineering encompasses modes of communication such as satellites, radio, internet and broadband technologies and wireless telephone services. The telecoms field continues to expand, with more and more gadgets and service providers on the market. The role of communications engineer can take on a managerial or technical direction; both areas demand a huge level of technical understanding. They provide expertise and services to telecommunications companies and manufacturers. Self-employment via consultancy/contract work is possible for those with several years’ experience.