Technician jobs include any occupation where the individual works in a laboratory and perform mechanical or diagnostic tests, or they may work in other settings. Depending on the industry, technicians can work under the direction of a professional or work independently.
Technicians work in a wide variety of industries. Some of these include pharmacy, automotive, service, maintenance, dental, medical, veterinary, information technology and warehousing.
Pay varies for technicians depending on the industry and the amount of experience. Mechanical engineering technicians help develop, test and manufacture mechanical devices for businesses. These devices include tools, machines and engines that improve production. In 2017, mechanical engineer technicians made approximately $55,360 per year. Top-tier engineering technicians made around $60,000.
Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists fill prescriptions. They work in multiple settings, including grocery stores, retail and general merchandise stores and in hospitals. They make an average of $31,750 per year.
Dental laboratory technicians make, fit and repair dentures and medical devices for patients. In 2017, employees in this occupation made around $35,250 per year.
The job outlook is excellent for individuals interested in laboratory positions. Employment in pharmacy is expected to rise by 12 percent from 2016 to 2026. Jobs as a mechanical engineering technician is expected to rise by 5 percent during the sameframe.
The education needed for technician jobs varies by profession. Dental and auto technician need a high school diploma or a GED, while medical and engineering technicians may need at least an associate degree or must attend a program while on-the-job. Most companies offer ongoing educational opportunities for technicians.
Aside from an education, most technicians need excellent math and communication skills. They must have the ability to maintain records and pay attention to the smallest detail. Some positions require a knowledge of complex machinery, and you must be able to use your hands for tedious work.
Individuals who are highly skilled in the technical details of an industry might consider work as a technician. The field covers a wide range of industries, which makes the position appealing to a wide range of employees.