A computer technician is the technical person that you contact whenever you need help fixing a hardware or software problem in your computer or any computer related equipment. The definition of a computer repair technician by Wikipedia. As computer technology evolves daily and is used everywhere we look, the need for computer technicians is in high demand. If you love tinkering with computers and all sorts of techie gadgets. Also enjoy the troubleshooting process, resolving computer issues and finds fulfillment in helping people in the process, then a career as a computer technician is something to really consider and worth pursuing.
As a computer technician, you are responsible for the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software. It involves everything from installing, troubleshooting and supporting the software applications that run on the computer, to the hardware that the software is installed on and the operating system as well. By doing this, you’re not just fixing a computer, your helping someone become more efficient and effective in their jobs or helping make a casual computer user communicate with the rest of the world. As a computer technician you are not limited to PC’s, you may be also responsible in the set up and connectivity to the internet or a network of computers, printers, servers, and other peripheral equipment via a LAN/WAN (Local Area Network/Wide Area Network), wired or wireless.
Given that a computer technician plays a crucial role in the day to day management of an organization, expect to work in shifts and rush to various technical calls placed by clients and colleagues.
A computer technician may be more familiar to you as possessing the formal designation of Desktop Support Technician, IT Technician, Help Desk Technician, Technical Analyst, Systems Administrator, or Network Administrator.
*Required Education and Training to be a Computer Technician
Being a part of the computer technician workforce is not that hard if you really have a deep passion in understanding how computers work. Unlike some other technical jobs, you can become a computer technician with a 2-year college program or as quick as a 6 month condensed crash course at a local technical institute that focuses on Computer Technician Certifications ex. MCITP – Microsoft Certified IT Professional, MCTS – Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist or your CompTIA A+ – Computer Technology Industry Association certification. Make sure though to get as much hands-on training with computers while you are still studying. The best place to start your training would be at home, ex. working on your personal computer, disassembling and building a computer from ground up ex. Motherboard, CPU, RAM, Video & Sound Card. Then when you are more familiar with the components and more confident move on to fixing friends and family’s personal computers.
The key ingredient to fast track your career and enjoy a good salary later on would be build your experience and skills and acquire some of the above certifications mentioned earlier. A professional certification simply informs your prospective employers that you have the computer skills that they seek in order to perform the job.
It is ideal for an entry level computer technician to pass the CompTIA A+ Certification offered by the Computing Technology Industry Association. It is a written endorsement that you have a basic knowledge with regards to computer installation, configuration, and networking. The MCITP and MCTS certifications specialize in Microsoft products which most companies use, helping solidify your knowledge regarding not just computer hardware but the Microsoft suite and operating systems. A significant number of employers are setting this certification as a minimum requirement in the hiring process.
*Estimated Salary for a Computer Technician
Based on the 2013 national salary data of Payscale.com, the expected annual salary of a computer technician range between $24,683-$57,064 in the United States.
The hourly rate vary depending on where the work is located, the level of experience, and the technical certifications that a computer technician attained. It was tallied that a computer technician with an MCTS certification can bargain for an hourly rate of between $11.20 – $29.32. New York City offers the highest hourly rate overall but do take note that the cost of living in that city is very high as well compared to other states.
A computer technician is known to be smart, patient, and has good communication skills. Some are working in the corporate world while others are self-employed. With the right skills, experience, and positive attitude, you can have an equal opportunity to enjoy a lucrative and emotionally rewarding career in a highly in-demand industry.