Computer Technician Careers
Learn how to become an entry level computer technician.
If computers have always interested you and you would like to be able to understand them and work on them, then you just might be interested in becoming a computer technician. It also may not be as hard as you think, as long as you have dedication and perseverance.
Looking at the inside of a computer can be very confusing if you don't know what you are looking at. You are looking pretty much at a bunch of cards, wires, and cables. Learning what everything is, and what everything does is not as big of a task as it may seem. Many computer stores hold classes on such things, and there have been many books written on this subject. Even colleges hold courses on computer upgrading and repair. If you don't really know much about computers, but are still interested, the "Dummy" series has many books about computers. One pertaining to this type of information is the "A+ Certification for Dummies". If you are a bit more advanced, and know a bit about computers, you might want to look at books such as "Upgrading and Repairing PCs" by Scott Mueller. It is a great book, with explanations about most anything you could want to know, with a complete dictionary in the back of most any word that deals with a computer. It is about 1600 pages long, so be prepared to be reading it for a while. There are many other high quality books on the market today that can run you anywhere from $5 to $200 pending on the book. Many times they are well worth it if you are dead serious about becoming a technician.
Something most entry-level technicians start out with is called the A+ Certification. What this says is that you are all around competent in the most important areas of computer repair. You can work without much supervision and tend to know what you are doing and how to fix a problem by yourself. This test is rather expensive, unless a computer company can sponsor you. What I mean is, if you work for a computer place and have not gotten certified yet, the company may pay for your test so you don't have to. I have seen this test run for about $250. Another thing to beware of, only take this test when you know you are ready, because pass or fail you spent the money and don't get it back. There are many Internet sites out there that will help you study and cram for this test. A wise thing to do is to take notes on anything you read in a book or read off of the Internet while you study. Taking notes during class should go without saying since you should know that by now.
After you have become A+ certified, you have opened a door for yourself metaphorically. Computer companies like to hire on people who are certified in anything. It saves them time and money having to train you. Once you get better and learn more, and refine what it is you want to work on you may go for more certifications. If you really love networking, you may want your Windows NT certification, or even your C.N.A (Novell Certification). A good choice for certifications is the MCSE, which is one of the Microsoft certifications. This test comes in a series of tests, so you don't take all of them at one time. There are many certifications to choose from, so once you choose what you do with computers chances are you can get certified in it.
It may take a while, but all the cramming and studying you did will pay off. Companies pay very high salaries for people that know how to work well with computers and have their certifications. Computers are in a field that is literally changing daily. There is always new technology available for us, so my advice to you is learn today's technology and keep your ears and eyes focused on the future technology. If you keep up to date with the ever-changing computer technology you are truly adjusting for the future, and are prepared for later on in life. Don't be afraid to learn something new, because what you know now may not be the standard six months down the road. Most people who get involved with computers early on in life, and get a heads up will definitely be ready for what lies ahead. Computers are now, as well as the future.