What will I be doing as a computer technician?
As technology becomes more important in our daily lives, skilled computer technicians who can offer quality technical support are in high demand. While specific responsibilities can vary, their duties often include the following:
- Installing hardware and software systems
- Maintaining or repairing equipment
- Troubleshooting a variety of computer issues
- Setting up computer security measures
- Configuring computer networks
- Offering technical support on-site or via phone or email
Computer technicians work in a variety of industries. Job opportunities range from a computer technician in a retail electronics store who helps repair hardware or software, to a member of an internal IT team within medium and large sized companies.
How much can I make as a computer technician?
Salaries for computer technicians vary by employer, geographic location, and experience. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the middle 50% of computer technicians earn between $39,000 and $65,000 a year.
You may also be able to increase your earning potential by obtaining the CompTIA A+ Core Series certification. Preparation for these exams are built into the Computer Technician program so that learners are ready to hit the ground running.