IT Technician Qualifications
A formal degree or certification in computer related technologies is typically the minimum qualification for an IT technician position, though sometimes extensive experience can satisfy this requirement. Common degrees include information technology, network administration, and electrical engineering. A bachelors degree is often preferred by potential employers. Your coursework will general cover classes in installing, maintaining, and repairing computers as well as digital logic, computer networks, microprocessors, and circuit boards. Many technicians earn industry certifications during or after college. CompTIA is the standard for these certifications with A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications being the most common. Colleges and vocational schools often offer courses to help you earn these certifications.
You certainly must know you way around a computer to become a successful IT technician. It will be important for you to stay informed of new advances in computer technology and software. You will need strong troubleshooting and problem-solving skills and good communication skills when discussing computer issues with coworkers and employers.
Employers will commonly require previous work experience in computer repair and networking among their qualifications for IT technician positions. This experience can often be gained during college by working in the school's information technology department or seeking out part-time employment or internships.
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