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What college will I need to go to if I want to be a computer technician?

Updated Milaca, Minnesota

I am into the computer tech. Classes but I for one of my questions is what college do you need to take and all the other websites are useless? I NEED HELPPPPP!!!!!😫😫😫😫 #technology #computer-hardware

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Mark’s Answer

Updated Morrisville, North Carolina

Hi! There are a lot of different answers to question, because "into computer tech" can take a lot of different forms. :)

If you are into playing games... enjoy the games... but it may be that you don't really want computers as a career.

If you love to solve problems, or build your own computer, or get one working that was broken, that might show you really want to do what a lot of people find WAY to boring to do... work with computers full time.

If you want to do hardware (e.g. fix computers by replacing parts), you can probably find some good technical schools to help you. If you want to DESIGN computers, that will be more Electrical Engineering... generally a bachelor's degree at a four year school.

Software is similar. If you just want to know how to use Excel on a job, you can find lots of technical schools and community college classes to help. If you want a basic job in software and IT, a two year degree should be fine. Developing software generally takes a 4 year bachelors degree in computer science or related fields.

Once you decide which path you would like to try , you can go to a local college website and look at the classes that are part of the degree. Fair warning... some of these classes may not be easy, and may not even seem like they apply.. .until later. :) But keep an open mind... and answer your own question honestly.

Best of luck ... and hope this helps!

Abhishek’s Answer

Updated Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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  1. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

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  1. CompTIA A+ Technician

What is it? CompTIA A+ is an entry-level certification and is a basic starting point for an IT career. Certified A+ technicians handle the maintenance of PCs, printers, operating systems, mobile devices and laptops.

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  1. Network+

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  1. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

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  1. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)

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Most common job titles:

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