Becoming a Technician
Computer technicians will always be in high demand because computers are used everywhere now and since they are machines they will have problems and that is where a well qualified Technician will be needed.
As with anything technical, hands on experience is essential for becoming a good IT technician.
- Are you the person friends and family call when they can’t figure out what’s wrong with their computer?
- Do you enjoy solving what others think of as insurmountable tasks and watching them breathe a sigh of relief as you rescue their lost document or rid their computer of a virus?
- Do you read the latest computer magazines and keep up with the best new hardware and software products?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, a career as a computer support specialist may be for you.
Does the idea of -
- Problem solving
- Solving hardware crashes
- Troubleshoot computer problems
- Training users on new technology
Appeal to you?
Then you should train as a computer technician.
As computer hardware and software become more sophisticated and continue to change at a fast pace, support specialists will be needed to educate and update users. Graduates with strong computer and communications skills combined with practical work experience will do best in the job market.
- Job Prospects: IT Technician, Help desk Support, IT Support Officer.
- Salary: Technical Assistants or Junior technicians without qualifications may earn well below average wages; but skilled, experienced and qualified technicians in developed countries may be in the top 10% of wage earners.
How to become one?
Your FIRST Step
To get a start you need basic skills and experience. A course such as Computer Servicing I is an excellent starting point and may be all that is needed for you to secure some casual work in a computer shop.
Your NEXT Step
Over time, and with further study your skills can develop, and opportunities expand.
Further study should be undertaken. Suitable courses may be:
Proficiency Award in Computer Servicing
Associate Diploma in Information Technology
In due course, some find it useful to undertake further qualifications, to add to their knowledge and skills.
There is a distinct advantage in having something beyond what others can offer clients and employers. Your choice of further studies should be taken according to what might give you that advantage. Sometimes it may be a widely established industry qualification; but at other times, this may simply give you an added skill set which is already in over supply.
If you are looking to study to start a career in the computer industry, but are not sure of which course to choose have questions about studying with ACS, why not get in touch with our highly knowledgeable IT tutors today? They will be pleased to hear from you.
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