What is a PC Technician?

A PC technician often referred to as computer technician or PC repair technician is responsible for identifying, troubleshooting and resolving computer issues. They are experienced and knowledgeable professionals with hands-on experience about different tools of repair and maintenance of computer hardware, software and network/Internet issues.

The professionals deal with creating, assembling, installing and maintaining computer systems. The primary role is to address the hardware and software issues. They look into various subjects such as installing new power supplies, upgrading firmware and repairing motherboards in the hardware section, but for the software, they deal with OS troubleshooting/installation, software/application installation, virus scanning/firewall integration and more aspects.

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PC technician job description

They are usually part of the IT departments or IT service companies. They provide services such as installation, maintenance and support related to internal and external users. It is important to have a strong computer knowledge as that will ease out the work responsibilities. There are certain duties that play a major role in the PC technician’s job profile. These are of top priority and the professionals must be able to perform them. Here are some of the tasks:

Installation

A PC technician must take care of all the computers and laptops that run on a company network. The professional will first test the operating system along with any application software that the user needs. They should even look into installing servers, networking components and linking of other peripheral equipment.

Update

Whenever a new software upgrade comes, it is the job of these professionals to update the company systems. They should make sure that all the computers are working on the same software. The upgrade must be done as quickly as possible to avoid any further issues in the work management. They should also cater to individual needs of the employees who are facing some trouble with the hard drive capacity or any other technical issue.

Troubleshooting

The professionals should be able to resolve any hardware or software problem. Usage of diagnostic tools to recognize the issue is the best way to find a solution. They must also help the employees to recover lost date, diagnose software issues and reinstalling programs.

Educational background

The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or any related field. Having an associate degree in PC maintenance, computer systems technology, and electronic engineering technology can come handy.

Certification

The individuals must clear the CompTIA A+ Essentials and CompTIA A+ Practical Application exams to get a CompTIA A+ certification. They can also pursue other coursework related to PC repair.

PC technician salary

According to Sokanu.com, the hourly wages of PC technician is $23.74. The salary usually starts at $41.15 and can up to $39.50. The professional earn about $ 49,390 annually and they begin somewhere at $29,440. As per Paysa, a freelance PC technician earns about $63,195. It ranges from $51,611 at the 25th percentile to $72,588 at the 75th percentile. The top professionals earn more than $84,629.

PC technician jobs

According to BLS, PC technician jobs are expected to go up by 12 percent from 2014 to 2024. With the increase in Job hirings, the job prospects look promising for the aspirants in the coming years.

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