"hardware," "personal computers," and "customer service" aren't the only skills we found computer technicians list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of computer technician responsibilities that we found, including:
Before becoming a computer technician, 39.8% earned their bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree, 3.4% computer technicians went for the extra education. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it may be possible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, some computer technicians have a college degree. But about one out of every four computer technicians didn't attend college at all.
Those computer technicians who do attend college, typically earn either a computer science degree or a computer information systems degree. Less commonly earned degrees for computer technicians include a information technology degree or a business degree.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become a computer technician. We've found that most computer technician resumes include experience from Science Applications International .., Robert Half International, and Jacobs Engineering Group. Of recent, Science Applications International .. had 61 positions open for computer technicians. Meanwhile, there are 32 job openings at Robert Half International and 14 at Jacobs Engineering Group.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, computer technicians tend to earn the biggest salaries at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Levi, Ray & Shoup, and Steris PLC. Take JPMorgan Chase & Co. for example. The median computer technician salary is $78,312. At Levi, Ray & Shoup, computer technicians earn an average of $73,651, while the average at Steris PLC is $58,703. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
We also looked into companies who hire computer technicians from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include Best Buy, TEKsystems, and United States Navy.
The industries that computer technicians fulfill the most roles in are the technology and professional industries. But the highest computer technician annual salary is in the manufacturing industry, averaging $39,584. In the technology industry they make $39,457 and average about $35,779 in the health care industry. In conclusion, computer technicians who work in the manufacturing industry earn a 26.3% higher salary than computer technicians in the government industry.