Computer Technician

Description

A computer repair technician is a person who repairs and maintains computers and servers. The technician’s responsibilities may extend to include building or configuring new hardware, installing and updating software packages, and creating and maintaining computer networks.

A public sector technician might work in the military, national security or law enforcement communities, health or public safety field, or an educational institution. Despite the vast variety of work environments, all computer technicians perform similar physical and investigative processes, including technical support. Computer malfunctions can range from a minor setting that is incorrect, to spyware, viruses, and as far as replacing hardware or an entire operating system.

Path to Career

Many academic institutions offer certificates and degree programs designed to prepare new technicians. However, because of how new the profession is, computer repairs are frequently performed by experienced and certified technicians who have little formal training in the field.

You can begin preparing to become a computer technician while still in high school. Many high schools offer certification training courses or credit towards a 2-year college degree or an associate’s degree. High school graduates can choose to pursue either a 2 or 4 year college program. Many community colleges offer computer technician training programs that focus directly on the actual jobs you will be doing out in the real world. The most important training courses you will need to take are those courses that prepare you for your certification exams! These courses can be taken as part of a degree program or on a stand-alone basis.

Daily Tasks
  • Installing hardware and software systems
  • Maintaining or repairing equipment
  • Troubleshooting a variety of computer issues
  • Setting up computer security measures
  • Configuring computer networks
Areas of Expertise
  • Hardware and software repair
  • Technical systems
  • Networking repair
Schooling NeededBachelor’s degree or some technical training.
Related CareersInformation Technology Manager, Help Desk Technician, Network System Administrator
Salary$40,000

Mission Control Staff

VX-076

Role Models

Kim Hubbard