How Do I Become a Junior Technician?

Erin J. Hill

In order to become a junior technician, you will probably have to attend a certain amount of schooling. The exact training and the amount of time spent in training will vary depending on what type of technician you want to be. Certain medical or automotive technician programs may only last for a few semesters as part of a certification program. Others will require that you complete a full associate's degree.

Man with hands on his hips
Man with hands on his hips

The first step you will take to become a junior technician is determine what type of industry you want to work in. If you already know that you want to become a junior technician, you likely already have a particular job description in mind. There are a wide range of technician jobs available in many different industries. Surgical technicians, automotive technicians, ultrasound technicians, and veterinary technicians are all potential examples. The term "junior technician" usually refers to someone who is hired for an entry-level position or someone with fever than three to five years of experience.

You will probably need some type of formal education in order to become a junior technician. This may be done at a community college or a technical school. There are also certain specialty schools which may cater to those who are looking to enter a specific field. Training may last anywhere from one or two semesters to several years, depending on the exact career field you are looking to get into. Speak with your college adviser or an an expert in the field to determine exactly what you need to do in order to become a junior technician in that industry or field.

In some cases you may not need formal education. Some companies have training programs or apprenticeships for those looking to work in particular areas. This means that you could work and get paid in the field you desire while learning the skills you'll need for a better position in the future. Many companies offer continuous ongoing education for their employees as part of a career track plan for those who want to grow and be promoted through the same company.

Depending on the industry, you may also need to take a licensing exam before you can become a junior technician. This isn't always the case, so be sure you ask your instructors or advisers for information on all requirements. Once you have the education you need, your next step will be to contact local businesses in your area who may be hiring new technicians. You can also check job boards and similar locations to see if anyone is looking.

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