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How to become a computer network technician



Pursuing a career in information technology is a choice to work in one of the fastest-growing industries. Computer networks continue to evolve and require specialized and trained individuals to be able to handle various systems and workloads. If you’re interested in becoming a computer network technician, there are multiple ways to get there. 


What is a computer network technician?


As a network technician, your role is to maintain the upkeep of your employer’s computer networking system. You could work in a mid to large-sized office or even as a contractor for a network specialist company. Many of your daily tasks will involve the maintenance of software, hardware, setting up computer systems, and handling security and network protection. 


You will need to have a strong knowledge of computer systems as well as some experience in coding and hardware. Entry-level positions are the most popular, so you will receive on-site training, however, education of some form will most likely be a prerequisite. 


What education do I need to become a computer network technician?


Many network technicians will require a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, or some form of certification to prove that you have the knowledge and background information required to succeed in the role. Computer science, operations management, as well as any other technical background will also be a strong asset when applying for a computer network technician position. 


Although many expect that they will need a 4-year degree to find a role within a reputable organization, you can earn the same credentials and find an entry-level position through a specialized college program that can prepare you for the industry and give you hands-on experience without needing to spend years behind a desk. 


College setting programs are focused on preparing students for industry certification exams that most CNT jobs require, including CompTIA A+, CompTIA Net+, and CompTIA Sec+.


In a college program, such as ICOHS College, you will be introduced to everything you need to succeed as a computer network technician in the state of California, including:


  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of cybersecurity, including the many firewall and malware protection software and how their uses can meet an organization’s unique needs;

  • Ability to control important structured cable systems such as Cisco;

  • Knowledge and comfortability on operating systems and configuration systems;

  • Ability to back up systems and troubleshoot issues and errors;

  • Build the foundation of skills in Windows management;

  • Everything else you will need to set yourself up to stand out on your application and be successful in your new career.


It’s important to remember that technology continues to evolve and those seeking a job as a computer network technician must strive to continue learning and developing their skills, either through constant learning or staying updated on relevant trends and news. This is how you can ensure that you are more likely to find positions in adaptable organizations.



Interested in learning more about what it takes to become a computer network technician and how you can be on the job in less than a year? Reach out for a conversation with a member of our team today! info@icohs.edu



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