IT support technician

information technology (IT) support technician IT support engineer
Computing and ICT

Career outlook for IT support technician

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would find and fix problems with people’s computers and IT equipment. You’d set up and test new equipment to make sure it works.

You would help people face to face or over the phone, email or instant messaging.

You’d need to have a wide knowledge of operating systems, software and hardware. You’d need to be able to explain the problem and the solution clearly to non-technical users.

You would:

  • Talk to people to get details of faults
  • Work out the reasons for a fault and explain it to them
  • Fix equipment, including printers and scanners (known as peripherals)
  • Set up new equipment and upgrade existing systems
  • Test and service equipment
  • Record problems and their solutions for future reference
  • Train clients on new systems or software applications

You may work for a company as part of its information technology team or provide IT support services to one or more companies.

You’d also need to be aware of health and safety regulations to guide you when setting up machines or checking equipment.

Working conditions


You would usually work 37 to 40 hours a week. Some jobs involve being on call and doing shift work, including weekends.


You would be based at an office, but may have to visit other departments within your company.


You may need to travel to external clients, or to different locations if your department supports several sites.

UK employment status





Self employed


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You would need qualifications at SCQF level 4/5, or a Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7), a Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) or a degree (SCQF level 10) in relevant subjects such as computer engineering or electronic engineering

Or relevant work-based qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in ICT (SVQ level 2/3/4). Most employers will require at least SCQF level 4/5 qualifications to enter a Modern Apprenticeship. There is a Modern Apprenticeship available in IT & Telecommunications (SCQF level 5 / 6). 

To enter a computer or electronic engineering Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) or Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) courses requires National 4/5 qualifications and one to two Highers (SCQF level 6) at Grade C or above. 

Entry to a degree requires National 5 qualifications and a minimum of four Highers including Maths, Physics or an IT subject. However, with suitable Advanced Highers, Higher National Certificates or Higher National Diplomas, you can gain Advanced Entry to 2nd or 3rd year of a relevant degree. 

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  • Physics
  • Technologies subjects such as Computing science and Engineering

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