The pathways into technician roles are varied. You can follow a traditional academic route, or choose a vocational or work-based learning option.

Typically, no formal qualifications are necessary for technician roles. However, many employers will expect at least a general education to GCSE-level or equivalent. Depending on the type of technician role you are applying for, employers will want to see some experience and skills within that particular area, so relevant work experience is often beneficial.  Audio Visual Technicians, for example, may require evidence of skills in using the main types of AV equipment; Computer Service Technicians should possess a good working knowledge of computer systems and software.

It is possible to start some technician roles through an apprenticeship scheme.  Alternatively, you may improve your chances of finding work by getting certain qualifications before you apply for a technician role such as a relevant BTEC or City & Guilds certificate.

Useful websites

You can find out more about the range of technician roles from the National Careers Service.

The National Apprenticeship Service supports, funds and co-ordinates apprenticeships throughout England.

You can see Technician job descriptions, details of salaries and conditions and entry requirements from Prospects.

Tomorrow’s Engineers provides information and resources about careers in Engineering.

For details of health-related technicians roles, such as Pharmacy Technician or Dental Technician, see NHS Careers.

Future Morph has a selection of Technician profiles, as well as a list of links for further information.

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