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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.
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.
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.
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.