CompTIA A+ Jobs

Entry-level A+ certification holders generally have an easier time finding jobs than their uncertified entry-level peers. Employers make it a point to hire workers who have A+ certification and can properly implement processes, make correct repairs to hardware and software, helping the members of an organization or group perform their jobs with the correct materials and access to help the flow of information run smoothly and efficiently.

These employers typically benefit from A+ certified employees who are able to contribute the skills and knowledge developed through their cert training to make a positive impact on their organization. Below are some of the most in-demand jobs you can get with your CompTIA A+ certification.

IT Support Technician

Median salary: $44,000
Number of job openings: 2,372

The main function of an IT support technician is to maintain an organization’s computer equipment and services through troubleshooting to detect and solve technical problems, install and update required hardware and software, and recommending computer products or equipment to improve productivity.

Technical Support Specialist

Median salary: $44,000
Number of job openings: 1,683

Providing technical support, advice, and assistance to consumers and businesses, the technical support specialist works to keep employees connected, providing assistance to consumers and businesses. Their knowledge of technical, hardware, and software systems issues and troubleshooting, serving a vital role in the everyday functioning of an office environment.

Desktop/Technical Support Analyst

Median salary: $40,000-$44,000
Number of job openings: 1,648

Desktop/technical support analysts are responsible for the maintenance, analysis, and repair of an organization’s hardware and software systems. Analysts respond to trouble tickets, troubleshoot problems and resolve issues. In addition, they are charged with supporting and enforcing the company’s IT policies, setting up and configuring new systems, and installing applications and upgrades.

Desktop/Technical Support Technician

Median salary: $42,000
Number of job openings: 4,086

Focused on providing help and advice to people and organizations using computer software and equipment. The job function supports information technology employees within an organization, assisting in the development of long-term strategies and capacity planning to meet IT needs as relates to the business or organization, as well as developing and writing specifications for the procurement of PCs, desktop hardware, and other related products. This role is sometimes also called computer network support specialist.

Field Technician/Field Service Technician

Median salary: $41,000-$42,000
Number of job openings: 2,433

Filling customer support and service needs during field visits and dispatches, field service technicians manage all on-site installation, repair, maintenance, and test tasks. Performing diagnostics on errors and technical problems, and determining the proper course of action for solutions is also a vital part of the job.

Help Desk Specialist/Analyst/Technician

Median salary: $38,000-$42,000
Number of job openings: 5,002

Professionals in this role have primary responsibilities that include providing technical assistance and support for users with regard to incoming queries and trouble tickets

PC/Computer/Service Technician

Median salary: $36,000-$40,000
Number of job openings: 3,371

The PC/Computer/service technician’s primary job is to resolve problems for their organization’s users or clients. This task generally involves handling hard drive crashes, updating or replacing obsolete hardware, repairing and removing viruses and other harmful programs, such as spyware, malware, and viruses, as well as infected files and otherwise compromised operating systems. Technicians also frequently are called upon to provide remote computer support to workstations, PCs, laptops, and other devices.

Information Technology Specialist

Median salary: $77,000
Number of job openings: 4,425

A mid-tier IT position often requiring additional experience and skills, the information technology specialist works in positions using computer-based information systems, working with software applications and computer hardware. Their job’s primary duties include providing services relevant to handling hardware and software issues in an organization’s or company’s information technology department. Their duties often involve designing, operating, and maintaining technology products, networks, databases, Web resources, networks, and enterprise systems. Providing technical support to the employees in a business or organization, they are often charged with providing training and instruction to non-technical workers on information systems, and in an advanced role may design systems and/or assess the effectiveness of tech resources already in use, or new systems that are in the process of being implemented.

Systems Administrator*

Median salary: $75,000
Number of job openings: 11,947

The system administrator is most often responsible for installing and configuring software, hardware, and networks, as well as monitoring system performance, troubleshooting problems, and ensuring the security and efficiency of a company or organization’s information technology infrastructure. Their roles also require them to manage network servers and technology tools to ensure they are performing correctly, setting up accounts and workstations, monitoring performance and maintaining systems to the correct requirements and specifications, and ensure security through access controls, backups, and firewalls. Systems administrators in many cases require additional experience, qualifications and certifications.

Systems Engineer

Median salary: $100,000
Number of job openings: 21,833

The Systems Engineer is a mid-level position that involves managing and monitoring all installed systems and infrastructure. Security, backup, and redundancy maintenance, and writing and maintaining custom scripts to increase system efficiency and lower human intervention time on tasks are also a critical part of their role. In addition, the installation, configuration, and testing of operating systems, application software, and system management tools are also a common part of the system engineer’s role.

Source: The Computing Technology Industry Association, How Much Can You Make with CompTIA A+