Computer Repair

If you like working with computers and you are willing to spend the time it takes to figure out the problems and fix them, then keep on reading to learn more about working in computer repair.

Is Computer Repair for Me?

Career Overview

Responsible for installing, fixing and maintaining computers and related equipment computer repair technicians will work on location or in a repair shop, depending on the job being performed. Good communication skills are valued by employers because repair technicians will interact with customers to determine the type of repairs that are necessary. These repair workers keep up with the latest advances in computer technology and are able to use deduction skills to troubleshoot computer problems.

Employment Information

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2013, computer repair workers made a median yearly income of $36,390. Although computer technology is being used by more industries every year, the number of available computer, automated teller and office machine repair positions is projected to grow by only about four percent from the years 2012-2022 (www.bls.gov). Repair workers who have a background in electronics and have completed formal education should have the best opportunities for the positions available.

How Can I Become a Computer Repair Technician?

Education

Employers look for repair technicians who are certified and have experience working with electronics. Formal training from a vocational school or a college is usually an acceptable substitute for experience in the computer repair field. You will sometimes participate in seminars and training workshops to keep up with the latest advances in computer technology.

If you are looking to obtain formal computer repair training from a school, an associate's degree is usually enough to become a computer repair worker. A degree program in computer repair technology prepares you to work as a computer repair technician. In addition to receiving a degree, when you complete the program you are usually ready to take the exams for some certifications. You can take computer repair courses in electronic circuits, computer security and information systems.

Certifications

Professional computer certifications are useful if you are interested in working as a computer repair technician. The A+ certification is a basic designation that is recommended for new computer repair workers. Other certifications, such as the PDI+ and Linux+, can be useful if you wish to specialize in troubleshooting a specific type of hardware or operating system.

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