Train for a Career as a Computer Technician

CareerStep’s Computer Technician program will get you ready to work in a variety of information technology (IT) roles ranging from hardware and software repair, to technical support at medium or large sized companies. The career path offers many benefits:

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Growing demand

The increasing use of technology in nearly every industry is driving demand for skilled computer technicians nationwide, meaning lots of job opportunities.

Financial Security

Computer technicians enjoy high average salaries of more than $50,000 per year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Advancement opportunities

A variety of opportunities are available for computer technicians as they gain experience and certifications. This course will prepare you for the CompTIA A+ certification.

Job security

Employment opportunities for computer technicians across multiple industries and businesses are expected to grow 11% by 2026.

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Quick completion timeline

Our program is designed so you can be trained and working in as little as three months of full-time study with CareerStep’s online course.

Affordable pricing

CareerStep’s online Computer Technician training will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to be successful in your new career for only $1,999.

Over 140,000 CareerStep learners can’t be wrong. Choose CareerStep and gain the skills you need to take advantage of increasing employment opportunities and high salaries as you start building your career as a computer technician.

Computer Technician Job Description and Earning Potential

What will I be doing as a computer technician?

computer technician 1As 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?

computer technician 2Salaries 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.

CareerStep trains for the CompTIA A+ Certification

Find out more about the program, career, and certification.

Online Computer Technician Training

How Long Will the Training Take?

The online Computer Technician training program is designed to be completed in 3 months of full-time study. However, the online course format allows you to study on your own schedule and at your own pace, so your course includes 6 months of program access in case you need extra time.

What Will I Be Learning?

The CareerStep Computer Technician training program covers:

  • Hardware and software
  • Troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance
  • Operating systems
  • Networking
  • Security
  • Operational procedures
  • And more

The Computer Technician training program is specifically designed to prepare you for CompTIA A+ Core Series certification exams. The curriculum is built on the exam objectives published by CompTIA. The course includes unlimited practice exams designed to prepare you for the certification exams. With this specific preparation, you can be confident that you’re gaining the knowledge and skills needed to earn your CompTIA A+ certification immediately upon completion of the course. Two certification exam vouchers are also provided upon program completion to make it even easier to certify as soon as you complete your course.

In order to prepare you for the CompTIA A+ certification, the CareerStep Computer Technician program primarily focuses on the following skills:

  • Demonstrate baseline security skills for IT support professionals
  • Configure device operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, Android and iOS and administer client-based as well as cloud-based (SaaS) software
  • Troubleshoot and problem solve core service and support challenges while applying best practices for documentation, change management, and scripting
  • Support basic IT infrastructure and networking
  • Configure and support PC, mobile and IoT device hardware
  • Implement basic data backup and recovery methods and apply data storage and management best practices

Want more details about exactly what's included in the program? Download the brochure to learn more or review the learning objectives for each module.

How does CareerStep training pay off for learners?

Our career advisors are passionate about helping learners find jobs. Watch this video to hear about all the resources they can provide.

Computer Technician Course Pricing

What is the Price of the Course?

Everything you need to succeed is included in one, low payment of .

This investment entitles you to an initial 6 months of access to the Computer Technician course. The program is designed to be completed in 3 months of full-time study, and we provide you 6 months of access to ensure you have the time you need.

What is Included With My Training Program?

Everything you need to succeed is included with your CareerStep program. You’ll have:

  • 24/7 online access to expert-created curriculum
  • One-on-one support from your trainer and technical support team
  • Career support designed to help you turn your training into a job
  • 182 hours of curriculum
  • True-to-life simulation labs
  • 3 Certification practice exams
  • Vouchers to take the CompTIA A+ Exam Codes 220-1001 & 220-1002 (Core 1 & Core 2) certification after completion ($438 value)

Computer Technician Program FAQs

Get answers to the most common and important questions about getting started in the Computer Technician program at CareerStep. Our FAQs section provides answers to help you make an informed decision about your career training.

Computer technicians help support the use of technology by businesses and individuals. Their specific responsibilities vary by position, however, examples of possible computer technician jobs include: working in a retail electronics store repairing and maintaining customers’ hardware and software, working as part of an internal IT team in a large or medium sized business, or providing technical support to customers via phone or email.

The growing use of technology is putting well-trained computer technicians in high demand. The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the computer technician field will grow 11% by 2026, which represents nearly 89,000 new jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor report states that the middle 50% of computer technicians nationwide earn between $39,000 and $65,000 annually, with an average salary of over $52,000. You may also qualify for traditional employment benefits as a computer technician.

Though certification may not always be a requirement for employment, CompTIA A+ Core Series certification will help your resume stand out in the job market and will also give you access to more job opportunities. The CareerStep Computer Technician training program is specifically designed to prepare you for this certification and includes 2 certification exam vouchers, which you will receive when you finish the training program.

CareerStep has been training quality professionals for over 25 years and offers a comprehensive training program that thoroughly prepares learners to work as computer technicians. With CareerStep, you can train affordably without sacrificing quality, learn from comprehensive interactive curriculum, take advantage of live learner and career support, and quickly gain the specialized skills you need to earn your CompTIA A+ certification and succeed as a computer technician. We're committed to helping you achieve your goals, and CareerStep provides everything you need to succeed!

In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass the CareerStep Pre-Training Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the CareerStep training program.

The CareerStep Computer Technician program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the training on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of a computer technician. The curriculum is built on the exam objectives published by CompTIA, and includes the following:

  • 117 simulation labs
  • 142 videos
  • 144 demonstations
  • 189 text lessons
  • Section quizzes
  • Exam questions
  • Certification practice exams

CareerStep learner support includes access to:

  • Learner Support Advisors who have professional experience in the industry and are uniquely qualified to answer your questions and offer some personal consultations throughout the training to help learners master important concepts.

  • Technical Support Advisors who are knowledgeable, experienced, and available six days a week to help you work through any technical or computer issues encountered within the training program.

  • Career Support Advisors who help you transition to the workforce after completion. Your Career Advisors will help prepare the best resume, develop solid interview skills, and teach you valuable job search techniques.

Though the course is entirely online, you'll never be on your own. CareerStep's learner support team will always be there to offer personal, ongoing support all the way through the training program.

The Computer Technician training program is 182 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary from other learners.

Every learner who signs up in the CareerStep Computer Technician training program receives an initial 3-month period of the course—and we currently offer an additional 3 months at no extra charge! You'll have a full 6 months to complete the program. If you need extra time to complete the course after your initial 6-months of access, we have extensions available for purchase.

CareerStep offers personalized, post-completion resources for your job search, including:

  • 2 certification exam vouchers to make it easy to take your CompTIA A+ Core Series exams after course completion
  • Personal consultation with a Career Advisor
  • Personalized interview tutorials and training
  • Individual resume and cover letter review, tips, and advice
  • Access to CareerStep's help hotline for six months after completion

These resources offer the personalized help you need after completion to quickly and easily transition to the workplace. With this individualized help and attention, the majority of our learners are hired within a few months of completion.

Learn more about CareerStep’s career support in this quick interview with several of our Career Advisors.

Since the course is completely online, your computer will play an important role in your learning experience. We recommend the following minimum computer system specifications:


  • Active internet connection (minimum of 512kbps)
  • 800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
  • Sound card and speakers (Earphones recommended)
  • Available USB port
  • Chrome 69 and 70
  • Firefox 62 and 63 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 31 and 32 (used for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Internet Explorer 11 (Windows only)
  • Edge 42 and 44 (Windows only)
  • Safari 11 and 12 (Mac only)

*Conditions apply.