How to become an IT Technician

Most IT technicians will start with a bachelor's degree in computer science, software engineering or a related field. Most go on to achieve accreditation in more specific skills such as programming languages, database management or security certification. Successful IT technicians need to keep their product knowledge up to date and so subscribing to trade publications or browsing relevant websites can help you keep your skills current.

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What skills help IT Technicians find jobs?

  • Network Administration
  • IT Experience
  • Windows
  • Computer Skills
  • Computer Networking
  • IT Support
  • Remote Access Software
  • LAN
  • Help Desk
  • Troubleshooting
  • Operating Systems
  • Active Directory
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Career progression for IT Technician

Education levels for IT Technicians

Based on the requirements of IT Technician job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High School Diploma or GED68.5%
Bachelor's Degree18.4%
Associate's Degree8.9%
Master's Degree2.2%
Doctoral Degree1.9%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as an IT Technician in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0-4$37,900
4-8$44,700
8-12$48,300
12-16$51,800
16-20$54,100
20-24$53,200
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Common qualifications for IT Technicians

  • MTA
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • MCTS
  • CompTIA Security+
  • MCSA
  • MCITP
  • MCP
  • IAT
  • CCNA
  • MCSE
  • IAT Level II
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about career advices for an IT Technician

How long does it take to become an IT technician?

Completing a relevant associate's degree can take as little as two years and further certification courses can take anything from six months to a year to complete with some more involved options taking longer. The role of IT technician is so varied that you can gain accreditation in a wide range of subjects so if you have a preference for the type of work you would like to do, then you can choose courses that will get you closer to your ideal role.

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Can I become an IT technician without a degree?

A degree is usually a requirement in job descriptions, so having one will give you a distinct advantage, but if you have a lot of relevant experience and qualifications that demonstrate your suitability for the IT technician role then you may be able to show that you have the skills required.

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Do IT technicians need good communication skills?

Communication skills are one of the most important attributes for IT technicians as most will need to deal with all members of their employer's organization. Being able to explain things clearly and help people who may not be familiar with technical terminology will make IT technicians an asset to any business.

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What other skills are important to be an IT technician?