February 20, 2017 at 10:23 am

Sociology Alum Enjoys Work as Network Compliance Manager with AT&T Mobility

Jeremy Blazier

Jeremy Blazier

After years as archaeologist, Sociology alum Jeremy Blazier ’98 ‘02M now enjoys work as Network Compliance Manager with AT&T Mobility.

Blazier is assigned to the geographic zone of North Florida.

He graduated with his M.S. in Environmental Studies after earning his B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Classical Civilizations from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.

Constant Training

Blazier’s job duties include reviewing new and existing cell towers and non-tower structures such as buildings and water tanks that house cellular antennas. All builds or modifications to cellular communication structures go through a rigorous review with the FAA and FCC.

His job is to scrub or review each project and insure that AT&T is following all the established guidelines and give notice that construction can proceed. AT&T monitors nearly 75,000 structures and at any given time he will review several hundred sites a month.

Very close attention to detail is required and constant training is provided throughout the year.


While AT&T is a massive company employing people worldwide, Blazier says they are fairly flexible. He is allowed to work from home on nearly a full time basis (as he says many of their employees are).

Reporting only to an office on the rare occasion allows him to spend more time with his family.

How Experience as an Archaeologist Helps

He says the biggest challenge on his career path was completing the training required to become proficient in his role as an NCM.

“Luckily my previous career as an Archaeologist provided a good basis for and was a factor in my hire,” Blazier says. “I worked as a Field Director in a Cultural Resource Management company for eight years across the Southeast, contributing on over 80 projects, including a variety of site types and excavations.

“Having a working knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was very appealing to AT&T. That along with technical writing training and adaptability to learning new databases allowed me to quickly catch up with my colleagues.”

Blazier recently celebrated his one year anniversary in his new career.

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