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TV & Computer Monitor Repair Technician: Educational Requirements

Learn about the education and preparation needed to become a television and computer monitor repair technician. Get a quick view of the educational requirements, job duties and career outlook statistics to find out if this is the career for you.

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Television and computer monitor repairmen can benefit from pursuing a certificate or associate's degree in electronics before entering the field. Candidates need to be familiar with the types of electronic equipment they will repair. Some specialize in repairing DVD players, compact disc players or video recorders.

Essential Information

Television and computer monitor repair technicians, or service technicians for short, work on devices almost all of us have in our household. These service technicians must have experience and a working knowledge of monitors, as well as customer service skills.

Career Titles Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers
Required Education A certificate or an associate's degree in electronics A certificate or an associate's degree in electronics
Projected Job Growth -4% from 2014-2024* -4% from 2014-2024*
Median Annual Salary (2015) $54,570* $55,160*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Overview

Television and computer monitor repair technicians repair what many of us consider essential electronic devices in our home. While many service technicians specialize in one or more devices, many also know how to repair other similar devices such as DVD and compact disc players, radios and video recorders. Service technicians fall under two different categories. These categories include field technicians who travel to a client's home to perform repairs and bench technicians who repair devices brought in to their shops. The client typically brings in smaller items, and larger items require the technician to travel to the client's home.

Job Duties

First, the service technician checks for easy to fix problems, such as loose connections, dirty devices and even an unplugged power cable. If these procedures check out, the technician might have to refer to manufacturer's schematics, wiring diagrams or troubleshooting instructions to make a diagnosis. Test equipment is another major ally in determining product problems. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a television and computer monitor repair technician needs to become familiar with multi-meters, color bar and dot generators, signal generators and oscilloscopes (www.bls.gov).

Educational Requirements

Employers look for technicians with a knowledge of electronics and experience. Electronics education may be obtained from junior or community colleges, vocational schools and technical schools. Typically, these programs integrate hands-on lab sessions with classroom theory. Despite their educational level, these repair technicians must be able to apply electronic knowledge and problem solving skills to evaluate and fix issues with televisions and computer monitors.

Outlook

The BLS categorizes electronic home entertainment installers and repairers together. The BLS reported that these workers will see an estimated 4% job decline from 2014-2024. In May 2015, the median wages for electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers were reported as $26.52 hourly and $55,160 annually. For telecommunications equipment installers and repairers the median wages were $26.24 hourly and $54,570 annually.

With a 4% decline in jobs projected in this field, candidates planning to pursue a career in television and computer monitor repair can boost their chances by completing a certificate or associate's degree in electronics and pursuing voluntary work opportunities or internships to gain hands-on experience. Salaries in this field were in the mid-$50,000s in 2015.

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