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What Is A Technician Job?

The term Technician stands for someone who works in the field of technology.  However, the word covers multiple roles in many different industries including the motor trade, to medical through to veterinary.

Who can I work for?

There is a lot of choice, so it depends on the industry you want to work in.  If it’s the motor industry for example, a mechanical technician could be the role for you.  Likewise, if you have a desire to work in the NHS, you could work as a theatre or pharmaceutical technician. 

What kind of person makes a successful technician?

No matter what industry you work in, the ability to think analytically to problem solve is a key requirement.  Another important attribute is flexibility in how you work.  Whether that’s on your own or as part of a team you’ll need to adapt.  You should also require great communication skills both written and verbal. 

What qualifications do you need? 

Generally a good level of education will be required for whatever sector you’re looking at going into.  Five GCSE grade 9-4 grades including English, Maths and a Science will allow you to specialise in areas of further education relevant to the industry you want to work in.

What’s the career progression?

Just like other professions, with more experience the opportunities will be there to take on more and move into more senior roles.

As an IT technician for example, once you’ve completed your basic training, there is a lot of possible avenues you could go down from network engineering to systems analyst.   

How much will you earn?

This will depend on the level of job and the sector you go in.  A starting salary for an IT technician is in the range of £16 – £22K, while an average salary for a Project Engineer is around £32K. 

There are currently more than 50,000 technician jobs on right now.  Check out the link below.