Career Definition for a Home Electronic Repair Technician
When large, immobile equipment breaks, customers call home electronic repair technicians, also known as field technicians, to their homes to repair a range of home entertainment equipment. These home electronic repair technicians service the range of gear, although as home entertainment and theater systems have become more affordable, so has their popularity and consequently need for service, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
|Education||Programs available at community colleges and technical schools|
|Job Skills||Problem solving, critical thinking, schematic interpretation, customer service|
|Median Salary (2017)*||$37,190 (for electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers)|
|Job Growth (2016-2026)*||0% (for electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Improvements in technology has miniaturized and digitized components and greatly benefited the end-user. However, repair of systems now requires a much more sophisticated level of electronic knowledge. According to CareerInfoNet.org, employers prefer applicants with formal education in consumer digital repair, which can be gained through structured programs at technical, vocation, and community colleges.
In addition to a strong electronics understanding, it is essential that home electronic repair technicians have problem solving and critical thinking skills, and an ability to interpret schematics, and visualize how they relate to the actual components. It is also crucial that these field service technicians possess strong customer service skills, particularly a knack for active listening, as they spend the majority of their time working in customers' homes and must be able to determine problems from customer observations.
Career and Economic Outlook
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that there likely will be no increase in employment in the field of electronic home entertainment equipment repair and installation from 2016 to 2026. The BLS also reported the median annual salary of electronic home entertainment equipment repairers and installers as $37,190 in May 2017.
Alternative Career Options
Below are some other options in the field of electronics installation and repair:
Home electronic equipment repairers interested in increasing the complexity of their jobs and their salary potential may want to explore the careers of electricians. These professionals install and repair electric power sources and lighting systems in homes, buildings and factories. Some electricians complete technical education and most complete apprenticeships that prepare them to become journey workers. Licensure is typically required for electricians, but this requirement varies by state.
In 2017, the BLS reported that electricians earned a median annual salary of $54,110, and that this field is growing at an average pace. The BLS projects that jobs for electricians will increase by 9% from 2016 to 2026.
Electronics Engineer Technician
Those who prefer to help design and build electronic equipment rather than fix it may prefer the career of electronics engineering technician. These technicians work alongside engineers and design, assemble and test electronic equipment. These technicians need a minimum of an associate's degree in electronics engineering technology and may choose to earn certification from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies.
In May 2017, the BLS reported that electronics engineering technicians earned a median annual salary of $63,660, and the top-paying industry for these workers was the federal government. The median salary is higher than that of home electronic repair technicians and the BLS projects that there will be a 2% increase in the number of jobs available in this field from 2016 to 2026.