How to Become a Computer Technician

What do you do when your computer breaks down? You have a computer technician fix it. Simply stated, a computer technician troubleshoots and solves the problems related to computers. Computer technicians can run diagnostic programs and use special equipment to ascertain why a computer isn't functioning properly [source: College Board]. There are different paths you can take to become a computer technician, including earning a bachelor's degree or simply taking courses in the areas that interest you.

Here are some ways to become a computer technician.


  • Degree Although it's not absolutely essential to earn a bachelor's degree, it will give you an edge over the competition. Some employers prefer hiring candidates with a bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems or computer technology. Many colleges offer either two or four year degree programs in these areas. In addition, you will also be able to take courses in computer installation and repair, which will give you hands-on experience [source: BLS].
  • Certification The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) offers tests to obtain certification. Although certification isn't required, obtaining certification will demonstrate to any potential employers that you're a qualified computer technician. There are various, graded levels of certification that you can achieve [source: CompTIA]. Some community colleges offer courses accredited by CompTIA. You'll be awarded certification upon successfully completing these courses [source: HCC].
  • Microsoft You can study for Microsoft Certification, which is universally recognized and respected as a valid qualification. Microsoft offers certification in most areas of the various aspects of the Microsoft operating systems and applications. They offer online courses and self-study courses that can help you prepare for the certification examination. If you're already a full-time student, you can get a discount on the price of the examination [source: Microsoft].
  • Continuing education Technology is always changing. Therefore computer technicians have to continue taking courses to keep abreast of the newest computer technology. Remember, most employers aren't interested in hiring a computer technician who's not well-versed in the newest computer systems and technology [source: BLS]. //]]]]> ]]>