Computer Technician

How To Become A Computer Technician

Welcome to an occupation with strong opportunities in the job market!

What does a computer technician do?

Computer technicians perform installation & maintenance or solve problems that people have with their computers. Just as there are different types of computers and different levels of computer systems and networks, there are also several different types of computer specialist.

What do I need to do to become a computer technician?

  1. Learn about computers. Training can take many forms and can begin anytime in your life. Training does not need to take place completely inside the classroom either. Most important is learning WHERE to find the right answers.
  2. Gain experience. Try to get as much time working with computers as possible. This can be done as part of a course or training program, or it can be done by yourself at home.
  3. Get formal computer training. You can begin preparing to become a computer technician while still in high school. Many high schools offer certification training courses. The most important training courses you will need to take are those courses that prepare you for your certification exams!
  4. Obtain certification. A professional certification is a formal designation which confirms that a person is qualified to perform a job or task. Certifications in the computer technician field are invaluable because they validate your knowledge of computers and let others know that you have the skills needed to do the job right.

After following these steps, how do I become a GREAT computer technician?

There are three important attributes you will need to keep in mind:

  1. HAVE PATIENCE! Be consistently patient with yourself and with the people you work with.
  2. CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE YOUR KNOWLEDGE. Adaptability is vital in this field! The world of computers is constantly changing.
  3. MAINTAIN A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. Most people will call you as a last resort because they‘ve already tried to fix the problem themselves and were not able to. As a result, they will be angry, frustrated, or worse! If you keep the atmosphere calm and display a positive and friendly attitude, you have already done half the job. If you then also fix their problem you will become their hero and they won’t forget you.

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