IT technician

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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.

Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

What skills help IT Technicians find jobs?

  • Windows
  • IT Experience
  • Help Desk
  • IT Support
  • Computer Hardware
  • Technical Support
  • Remote Access Software
  • Networking
  • LAN
  • Active Directory
  • Troubleshooting
  • Software Troubleshooting

Career progression for IT Technician

Education levels for IT Technicians

3%6%23%27%41%Doctoral DegreeMaster's DegreeAssociate's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GEDBachelor's Degree

Based on the requirements of IT Technician job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience38k42k46k50k54kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as an IT Technician in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for IT Technicians

  • MTA
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • MCTS
  • MCP
  • IAT Level I
  • MCSA
  • MCITP
  • CompTIA Project+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • BICSI Certification
  • MCSE
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 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 an IT technician 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 you an asset to any business.

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