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Technician Jobs Overview
Technicians work across many different fields to ensure that everything from the Internet to electricity is working as it should. You'll find technician jobs across several industries: In the maintenance field, for instance, technicians work with their hands and tools to make installations and repairs, troubleshoot technical problems, and remove and dispose of hazardous materials. Technicians can also offer technical support to clients.
The job outlook for many technician positions is positive, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). For example, hazmat technician positions are expected to increase by 8% over the next 10 years. Additionally, wind turbine technician positions are expected to increase by a whopping 61% over that same time period.
If you're looking for a position as a technician, here are a few of the maintenance jobs you can check out:
Technician Training and Skills
The requirements you must meet to land a technician job depend on the industry and job type you're applying for. Most technicians receive training at technical schools or career institutes. Some complete associate degrees from a community college. Many states require hazmat technicians to be licensed, especially those who remove asbestos and lead. Fiber optic technicians must complete an apprenticeship program that can last up to three years.
Read Monster's job description samples for auto mechanics and telecommunications technicians to get an idea of what employers are looking for in candidates for technician positions. That includes the following skills and qualities.
- good focus and attention to detail.
- advanced math skills.
- mechanical and technical skills.
- good organization and time-management skills.
- exceptional communication and customer service.
- critical-thinking skills.
- troubleshooting skills.
- physical and mental stamina.
Update Your Technician Resume
No matter which field you work in, employers want to ensure they hire the best candidates to fill technician jobs. Your resume is one of the first things hiring managers see when you apply. Your skills and qualifications should be listed in an easy-to-read format at the top of your resume. To see what that looks like, check out our list of resume samples.
Cover letters aren't always required for technician positions, but they do help. At Monster, we encourage you to always include a cover letter with your resume. It's a great way to introduce yourself and show your passion for the job. If you're not sure where to start, simply follow the steps laid out in our writing tips and cover letter samples.
Interviewing for a Technician Job
Got the interview jitters? You're not alone. Fortunately, Monster has a list of common interview questions you can practice in advance. You'll also encounter questions directly related to your field. See our list of auto mechanic job interview questions for a basic idea of what types of questions you'll likely answer. An interviewer will likely want to know more about:
- Your credentials and work history.
- Your ability to solve problems, with examples from your own work.
- Which tools and equipment you're experienced with.
How Much Do Technician Jobs Pay?
The amount of money you can expect to earn from a technician job varies by job type. For example, alarm technicians in the U.S. typically earn $22.06 per hour, while telecommunications network technicians earn a median yearly salary of $47,694.
To find out how much you're likely to earn, enter your job title and location into Monster's Salary Tools. If you don't feel that your job pays enough, don't worry. This tool allows you to see where your job pays the most, as well as potential next steps in your career that can increase your paycheck.
Join Monster to Find Technician Jobs
Looking for a job in a technical field? When you join Monster, we'll streamline the process for you. Simply set up your profile for free to get your resume seen by recruiters. We'll also keep you in the know on new jobs in your industry with our free, custom job notifications sent right to your inbox.