2007 Job Market for Computer Technicians

The computer technician career field has undergone some dramatic changes in the past decade. There was a period of extremely rapid growth during the period prior to what has been called the “dot com. bust”. This was followed by a leveling off period. Today, there is still some loss of lower level programming jobs to other countries. Despite this the field is again experiencing growth. The United States labor Department projects continued growth in the computer technician field through at least 2012.

Computer technician requirements continue to vary from employer to employer. Although a college degree is still extremely valuable, it is not always a necessity. Many people have entered the ranks of techs through more unusual means. Performance and knowledge are more important attributes to most employers. A computer technician description will vary from employer to employer also. There are several divisions within the field. The computer support specialist is one and is also a normal entry level position. Other areas of specialization include computer programmers and computer systems analysts.

Salaries for computer technicians vary according to the classification. The computer support specialist has a median salary of $39,100 while the computer systems analyst averages $62,890. The computer technician starter salary will be lower, of course, and will depend on the experience and training of the applicant as well as the location of the job itself. It is expected that salaries will continue to rise although there is still some concern of the lost of lower level positions. In most cases, the loss of lower level jobs leads to more rapid promotion and higher salaries for upper level positions that tend to remain in country and have less competition.

Certification has become more and more critical to success in the computer technician career field. The CompTia A Certification or the ability to obtain it within a specified time frame has become a part of the job description of a computer technician for many larger companies. It is a good idea to be prepared to receive as many Certifications as possible and to complete the A even before beginning a serious job search. Computers have changed the face of the work force over the last couple of decades and few people anticipated these changes. The job market for computer technician in 2007 is very exciting and the potential for growth is great. It is not unlikely that rapid technological change will cause as much change in the next ten years as it did in the last ten. If this is true, computer techs should be well positioned to benefit from the changes.

Natalie Aranda is a freelance writer. The computer technician requirements have undergone some dramatic changes in the past decade. There was a period of extremely rapid growth during the period prior to what has been called the ?dot com. bust?. This was followed by a leveling off period. The CompTia A Certification or the ability to obtain it within a specified time frame has become a part of the job description of a computer technician for many larger companies. It is a good idea to be prepared to receive as many Certifications as possible and to complete the A even before beginning a serious job search.