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Statistics From SurveysStatistics From Surveys

Stats here are for those who have completed the program. Of those starting the program, 83 out of 124 (67%) of people surveyed successfully completed it.

Survey QuestionAverage
Program Completion Time15 month(s)
Attended School Mostly Full-Time55%
Program Difficulty (1-100)55
Satisfied With the School81%
Well-Prepared for Career60%
Would Choose Program Again84%
Career is Directly Related to Program71%
Easy to Find Job66%
How Long to Find First Job7 month(s)
Working Mostly Full-Time81%
Salary (Not Necessarily Full-Time)$38,623
Salary Met Expectations58%
Trouble Making Loan Payments30%
Satisfied With the Career69%

Schools Offering This Program, by StateSchools Offering This Program, by State

(Offering certificates of less than two years of study)

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► Common Careers for this Major▼ Common Careers for this Major

People getting a certificate in this major often choose among careers such as (among others):

  • Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers
  • Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment

Why did people choose this program of study?Why did people choose this program of study?

"At the time is was a hot field to be in (not so now, I have since went into Networking later). The instructors were very knowledgeable in this field."
"There is a more extensive lab-based course at a private school but it is too costly and out of my budget. I wanted hands-on experience and there are not that many locally. If I was going to continue in the field i would do internship at a business and possibly some online course to review the things I have learned."
"I have been in the line of work for many years working for my self and now i would like to work for a company hence why i needed the certifications. This program had many hours and location that fit my time schedule."
"I have grown up near computers my entire life and already had experience building and repairing computers. Receiving a formal education and certification were the next step in creating a career in computer repair."
"More interested in Hardware."
"This was one of two certificates offered at the time. I chose this because I felt I had more knowledge on repairing computers than programming."
"I thought computer repair would be a highly paid position overall."
"At the time, it was a booming job market. I was hoping it would lead to a job with huge growth opportunities. Other types of programs took much longer to complete and I'm impatient."
"I wanted to learn how to repair computers. My goal was to change careers and this seemed like a promising, growing field."
"I felt I had a better aptitude for hands-on work. Programming was not attractive to me."
"I picked this program as a stepping stone to a career in IT. It offered A+ certification as a program choice."
"I want to seek a career in the repair spectrum of the computer field. I want to be able to help set computers up or repair hardware as well."
"I chose this because I wanted to get nor knowledge in the area to further my career. I chose it becasue it seemed like I could finish it in the least amount of time."
"The tuition was free. Also, it was located in an area that was easy for me to get to via the subway."
"I picked this course because I was pretty familiar with computer building, as I had started doing that with my grandfather when I was very young. I like building things with my hands, so it seemed like a good fit."
"I enjoy working with computers. I would like to learn how to fix issues with my own computers and those around me. I want to understand more of how computers work and opperate"
"Looking at need in the area. Been int he field for a while. The certification will help me land larger clients."
"I've always love electronics and computers and I wanted to learn how they worked and how to repair them ."
"I have long been interested in building and repairing computers. Choosing this job allowed me the training to find work in repairing computers."
"It was the only school I was aware of at the time. Had I known about DeVry, I would have gone there instead."
"I needed the coursework to advance in my career. It gave me the skills I needed for a job promotion."
"I enjoy repairing computers and figuring out their problems. It's challenging work that has a large supportive community."
"I always liked working on electronics and had started building computers in middle school, so felt it would be a good career choice"
"I have always enjoyed repairing computers so it interested me. I also took the same type of classes during high school via a vocational school."
"I have always been interested in computers. I thought this class would be a breeze. The certification may come in handy when searching for jobs."
"Because I was able to work and complete this program on the side. It also provided some actual hands on experience working with hardware. And I was able to apply this experience to a future program that I planned on taking later."
"I wanted to attend a community college rather than a technical school, because I wanted to have something beyond that which someone could get from a vocational program at high school. I figured that even getting a certificate from a community college would be valuable in case I wanted to apply to a college later on in life."
"I talked to the teacher and had very good feeling towards what he said he would offer. I also liked the class size and the curriculum."
"I wanted to learn how to build computers, and I thought learning to repair them would also teach me this. I also thought I could do computer repair on the side."
"I chose this program because it provides reasonable access to many jobs in my area. Technology filds are also good to be in and have background in."
"I have always had an interest in computer science. I'd had a basic understanding of Python and C++ coming into the program, but Mercer helped broaden my understanding of the field."
"At the time everyone felt that this was a field that was rapidly expanding, and I didn't realize that a certificate was not likely to be enough to land me a non-entry level job. Looking back I wish I had pursued a real degree or a different field of study."
"I have worked on computers since I was a kid, and I love the work. I figured that getting boarder and more advanced understand would lead to a job I liked."
"I like hands on work. Computer repair satisfied that over typing a bunch of code in an office."
"I had already been in this field so it helped me reach out and hopefully find a promotion or higher paying job. This is also something that interests me and having this certification along with others i am attaining will only further my career."
"I chose this program because it was the closest school that offered it. I knew the instructors very well and considered them mentors from this school."
"I have always been good in computers. It is a natural field for me that I didn't have to learn alot for."
"Getting the A+ certification in the computer career industry is the first step into getting a entry level job for IT. With no college degree, this certification will at least show I know about computers so I can get more experience."
"I chose this program because I had already studied for A+ certification in my own time. I had also taken an A+ certification class in High School and I was familiar with the material and I really liked repairing computers."
"It was the closest to me. I knew I wouldn't go into tremendous debt."
"I had a co-worker at my past job who has a personal business repairing computers. Since I like to build computers as a hobby for me and my friends and family, I figured taking classes to increase my qualifications would allow me to open a business doing computer repair."
"I picked computer repair as it was exactly what I wanted to learn. I felt repai would come in handy on my journey to becoming a computer professional."
"I really love working with new tech and helping people with their computers so I was hoping to get an IT job at a big company or even start my own computer repair business. I wanted to help people who were not as tech savvy fix their problems."
"easy money and i can do it in my spare time"
"I already had some background knowledge and enjoyed computer repair. It is an ever changing industry and ITT has helped me to stay ahead of the curve ."
"In my area there is a lot of companies that are looking to hire people that have completed a program in this specific area. It is a promising area and jobs will be readily available"
"I picked this program because I had previous experience in repairing computer systems as a hobby. I felt because I had previous experience in it, it would align with what I was most interested in with computers."
"pertained to my major, and career path. it also looked good on my resume."
"I figured with the high demand for jobs in the Computer Industry there was room for plenty of advancement. I just didn't expect my school to be so far behind other schools."
"I chose this program because I have friends who work as computer repair technicians. They said they make a good salary doing what they do so I followed in their footsteps."
"I enjoy a more hands on approach to working with computers and using my intellect to solve problems. Some of the more software-focused programs seemed a bit boring to me in comparison."
"I knew people who worked in this field and they were willing to assist me through school and help me find employment afterwards. I've always liked computers and thought this was a career I could succeed at."
"It was a good stepping stone to get in to computers."
"I have always been interested in computer hardware, so I wanted to do something I was passionate about. I also know that computer repairing is not an industry that will go away, so there is good job stability."
"I have always been good with the physical side of computers, and I enjoy fixing them for friends. I thought getting a job in the field would help me out and let me enjoy work."
"I chose the program i did for a couple of reasons. One of the reasons i chose it was it was an accelerated program, which meant i would be in my professional field in a much shorter time. Another reason was the ability to attend aroumd my work schedule. The problem i had with it was that the classes went so fast that they skipped over alot of relevant data. Not all of the teachers understood the classes they were teaching. Theor was alot of questions they would have to get back to us on. If this was their feild of study they should have known the answers as we were expected to to pass certification"
"I picked Computer Repair Technology to better prepare for the A+ certification exam. It was the right choice. I know have my A+ certification and really enjoy fixing computers."
"The computer repair was my hobby in my youth years. This profession would give me a good financial support in future."
"At the time there was a need for computer technicians. I also enjoy fixing computers and electronics."
"I was my families go-to for computer problems. I was eventually contacted by their friends and their friends family. Before I knew it I was all over town fixing computer problems. I felt unprepared for most of these issues I was facing. This program gave me the knowledge and tools to excel at fixing computers."
"This program had a good reputation. I had friends complete it and get good jobs afterwards."
"My background is in tech support."
"I thought that there was a demand for people in this industry. I feel know that that was a misconception."
"I wanted to learn how to computer systems work and how to maintain and repair them."
"I picked this program to get the A+ certification."
"I grew up working on computers with my dad and have always loved them. I felt it would be helpful for me to obtain a degree within this program to fit my future career needs."
"I picked this program because it was what I was most familiar with in my personal studies and I wanted to expand on them in a more academic setting. I also picked it because of job security - everyone needs their computer serviced or repaired at some point so it makes for an easy entry level position with most employers."
"It seemed like the most interesting and profitable at the time"
"I thought that i would enjoy working in the field. I wanted to be able to find a job in a field that would be booming with need."
"I learned how to repair computers and computer components years ago, but I've never received any formal training or certification. I chose this course to attain certification, which I will use to contract more work."
"I was always interested in computer repair and I love working with computers.I also felt it was a field that paid well.Another reason I liked it because it did not take long to get certified and there were plenty of jons in the field"
"I took Electronic and computer technology, which is most relevant to what i want to do in life. I was awarded with a Comp Tia A+ Certification, and an ETA Customer Service Certification, and I believe this is a better opportunity than comparable ones in the area."
"I needed a to catch up learning ways to repair more modern equipment. A refresh of repairing was needed, some things I learned previously may have been forgoten."
"This was a simpler course to what was available. I wanted to learn the basics first before attempting anything more difficult"
"I chose this program because I have been working on computers for years before I went. Other programs wouldn't have made me happy."
"I picked it because it came naturally to me. I already had experience repairing computers so I decided to try and get some credentials to improve my pay."
"It was something that i was interested in for a new business"
"I chose computer repair as I really wanted to know the hardware side of computers. It was also relevant to my part time job at the time."
"I was into computers at the time. I had already been doing small computer things when I went in."
"Took an IT program at the vo-tech of my high school that went over various fields, including computer repairs, and that class got me hooked into computer repair tech."
"I believe that I am really talented when it comes to computer repair. I've been making computers for a few years now."
"I was focused on a career in repair computers for a living. It was the field which I believed would be a high payout in the long run."
"I wanted to expand on what I knew about computers. And I wanted the Comptia A+ certification."

What surprised people about this program of study?What surprised people about this program of study?

"While I was not surprised by how much math was required, I know many others were. Understanding trigonometric functions is essential to success. Also, a great attention to detail is necessary as even the smallest of deviations can effect the outcome of projects."
"I was surprised at how broad the field is. It was a very intense few months and there was so much to learn. And even after that, we were only prepared to take the basic certification (A+). There are lots of others, as you go deeper into a particular area."
"I was surprised at how low initial pay scales were. Also how many positions I would need to cycle through to build a resume and to qualify for better positions."
"I was suprised at the lack of students in the program. I feel like hardware support is diminishing in this increasingly software oriented world"
"I was surprised of how many textbooks were sent and how very little essays were needed. I enjoyed that the course was directed solely towards my career choice. There were no English courses. Just computer courses. Also, they gave me information to help me get A+ certification."
"I was surprised at how easy computer languages such as C++ and Java are to learn when you break them down into their basic components. I also was surprised at how much homework I had to do for just a certificate."
"I was surprised with the amount of communication and documentation required for the position. I was thankful for the communication courses that were required by the school. I am able to write meaningful emails and detailed technical notes."
"I would say that I was disappointed to learn that in order to work in the field of pc hardware, you really need the A+ certification. This certification in and of itself is roughly the equivalent once again of the course that I took in pc repair. I never actually did receive the A+ certification."
"When I started the program, I had a bias that a certificate program from a community college was somehow not as good as from a real college. I was pleased to find that that was incorrect. I felt that my instructors cared about students' success and really put the time in to making sure we understood what was going on."
"I was surprised at how much I learned in such a short period of time. The material was not very difficult. I was able to put what I learned to use right away - even before finishing the program."
"There was a ton of reading. Although there was a lot of hands on practice you did have to read at least half of the time. I feel as if a speed reading course would have helped me finish sooner."
"I was surprised how much reading I would be required to do for a 6 month certificate in computer computer repairs. If I had it to do over I would do it part time to be able to keep up with all the reading while working as well."
"I was surprised at how many essays you have to write while attending virtual college. There were a lot of late nights I spent up writing papers for college on C++"
"I was surprised that I had to take English composition. I did not see what that had to do with computer repair. After taking the courses I saw why they were needed"
"I was surprised on the amount of information I had to learn that wasn't really used in the 'real world'. I felt like the info was just filler for making them more money."
"I was surprised at how tricky things could be. I was good at taking exams, but actual repair requires a great deal of extensive knowledge and experience and is very educational in the process. Of course most places don't bother to go that far and just dispose of it, but I found it amazing to watch a real pro pull things out of nowhere."
"I was surprised how much communication skills where needed from dealing with individuals to dealing with administrators. Not only were talking skills needed but taking what was on my mind and writing it down on paper to make sense for later use in describing issues and future problems. I would of definitely taken any course that showed me how to be quicker at thinking and writing my thought s down on paper."
"I was surprised at how much more I still had to learn despite being experienced. The field requires knowledge of technical issues of all types of machines (mac, desktop, laptop, etc) that I had no experience with."
"I was suprised in how much continued education it requires but now it is one of my favorite things to do."
"I was surprised at how much math was needed in order to learn computer repair. There was a preadmission test that scores math knowledge and one is required to take remedial math if they score too low."
"I think it's surprising that a degree or certificate isn't exactly necessary as long as you have the experience. I would not suggest a vocational program to anyone. But rather just start doing it."
"I was surprised how much basic courses I needed to be refreshed on. I was surprised how much math is involved in technology and how it relates. I was surprised how much companies list a degree as a requirement for a job that doesn't utilize those skills."
"I was surprised at the amount of detail that goes into break and fix work when it came to laptops. It's very diffferent to do break and fix on a laptop compared to a desktop. There are alot of very small screws and very small connectors that can break easily if you aren't careful."
"It surprised me how many hours it took each day to get through all of the classwork and homework on top of working a full time job. For two years I worked full time and went to school full time."
"I was surprised that the course was less hands on that I expected. It was more classroom type and technical learning."
"I was surprised I had to take computer architecture for this certificate. Even though the class was unexpected, I enjoyed it."
"I really enjoyed the computer repair program at the Hinds CC They offered a wide selection of electives to go along with the required courses. This allowed me to choose the courses I needed to specialize in the field that I was most interested in. I was surprised how in-depth the courses were. The courses were challenging but provided the education needed to compete for jobs in the field and to do the work in a competent and effective manner. The instructors were, for the most part, very good and helpful. They had extensive expertise in the field. They took a hands on approach with us and were available to meet with us when we had questions or issues. The practicums provided real world experiences that have proven most helpful. My classmates were great to work with on various group projects. I highly recommend this colege and program for those interested in computer repair."
"I was surprised at how mismatched my career goals were to the curriculum offered at Control Data. If I had a time machine I probably would have become a plumber and sold the time machine to raise money."
"I was surprised how easy the final tests were because the school set me up to be successful with the information I needed. These tests were taken off campus in a controlled test facility and was separate from the college itself but needed to get my certificate. I was surprised how much it seemed they wanted me to succeed."
"I was most surprised by the questions dealing with out-dated technology. There was an entire section on computer ports that had not been used in computers for a few years at the time of taking the test."
"I was surprised how many mathematics courses are needed for a computer certificate. Moreover, I was surprised how difficult the mathematics courses turned out to be."
"How simple the tasks that were asked of me were. That was very surprising to see how quickly I could complete the work and how logical it was. I was also surprised when I saw others having trouble with the same work."
"The writing and keeping track of all the problems that people have with certain machines and devices is a task in itself. There is a lot of documentation that goes along with the field or at least at my job. The work itself is very easy and relaxed and when you are completed with a task people get a big smile on their face that their machine is up and running again."
"I was surprised to find how many software programs we needed to learn how to use in order to do any repairs. Most of the work we would do had more to do with software than hardware, and I had gone into this thinking it would be almost all hardware. Not everyone uses the same software, and it's impossible to learn them all."
"It is a surprise that coursework is and will be an ongoing thing. I had heard that and took it to heart, but having to work through 2-3 classes a year just to keep up is a challenge. It seems like the younger guys come with this knowledge and have more energy to deal with it. I figured I'd be in class occasionally, but its on-going. My thought was get trained to get a job/career and that would be it, but it just keeps going."
"I was surprised by the inappropriate nature of one of my professors. He refused to give any outside time to his students and openly told us that he would not make this course easy for his students."
"I was surprised that most companies require at least a 2 year degree or a lot of experience for even entry level positions. I was also surprised that there was a distinct lack of hands on training in my classes."
"I was surprised at how much of computer repair is not about actually repairing the computer, but understanding how to review and look up error codes or diagnostic procedures. I spent one entire class basically learning how to Google things."
"I left knowing my stuff. My advertising soon brought a good amount of business for me. Due to my training, I was never without a solution to any computer problem."
"The amount of checks and balances this field has and how dedicate a lot of our developers are to it."
"I was surprised to see how many issues can occur with technology and networks. If I knew about these issues I would of researched the problems before starting technical school."
"What surprised me is how much I already knew about the subject. It made it remarkably easy. I had no problems with any of the material."
"Many of the IT jobs out there require experience right away. Even having certifications that show you have knowledge with IT won't cut it. It would be best to look for some small company and ask if you can do an internship with them while completing a program in IT because at the end you will have a certification and experience."
"I guess I was surprised at the amount of memorization I had to do. I had to even memorize old standards that weren't even in use today. This wasn't terrible as I had good memory."
"I was surprised at how the workload increased. I have to juggle my different projects."
"There was a fair amount of math, although somewhat basic, involved with the program. Since it has been a while since I took any math classes in high school, I had some difficulty recalling even simple concepts while other students in the courses found it to be trivial."
"I was surprised on how many things I have learned on this job. Being a computer repair tech is very challenging and is a great way to learn about computers."
"Honestly I did not know much about some of the specific programs that are used to diagnostic test computers during the repair process to see which hardware is causing the issue. Programs like HIW or even Ubuntu I had to get used to which I did not have much prior experience in just. It was for sure not the easiest thing I ever done and I was surprised by for some reason how I could not grasp the programs as quickly as I could others for diagnostics and testing."
"HTe biggest thing was the amount of money pay for a computer repair. Most people can google and go to best buy and buy there part and do the work themselves. BUt they go out and pay 200 dollars to repair a wireless card when u can do it for under a 100 easily. THe second one was the amount of business i receieve from friends and relatives. Now if anything happens to someones computer im always the first one on call about this and deamed to fix the issue for them."
"I was surprised by the amount of work and pressure to do well I experienced. I went in thinking it would not be as challenging as it was."
"I diagnose customers computer issues dealing with hardware issues and software complications. Spyware is the most common issue we deal with so we do a lot of preventative software maintanence and advise proper software for these issues"
"I was surprised how many things one was expected to remember down to exact numbers. I was also surprised that once I started working in the field, that remembering exact sizes of cds, dvds, hard drives ect. had no part in the actual job."
"many things, like the people you meet. also how little the general public knows about computer repair."
"That a specific technical school is not the way to go. A full-time university is a much better choice. They have more up-to-date equipment and much more funding. Technical schools by themselves seem to only land low paying jobs."
"I was surprised how much technical knowledge I needed to do the computer repair technician certificate. Yes, I realize that technology is a big part of what we do but it was really complicated to learn all of the content. I had to memorize a lot and I also found it challenging to keep up with the pace of the classes because computer repair has a lot of details that you need to know."
"I was surprised at how much software-related study there was. I had assumed that it would be focused mostly on hardware and electronics but there was an equal amount of software configuration and troubleshooting to learn."
"I enjoyed the challenge of fixing computers and troubleshooting. I also studied a little computer programming while in school but I was surprised that I disliked that so much more than just repairing technology."
"I was surprised how much I was able to use the skills in my real life. I use those skills all the time."
"I was surprised by how detailed repairing a computer would be. There was a lot to be learned about how the parts function, rather than just a basic overview of what the part does. For example, I had to have an understanding of the architecture of a CPU, instead of just knowing how to test for a faulty CPU or replacing a CPU. I would have likely spent more time on my own learning about the functionality of various parts had I known this in advance."
"I was surprised by how much actual computer information we had to learn. I was expecting just hardware information, but there was a lot of information about software and systems too."
"I was suprised how much follow up there would be after school. The technology industry is constantly changing and you have to change with it. Its an ever evolving feild. You have to educate yourself on everything new coming out."
"I was really surprised how much effort I had to take to finish my study sometimes. Many subjects seemingly didn't fit to the carreer goals but later everything was working just perfect."
"I was surprised at how much electronics I had to learn even though I haven't really used it for my field. It's still useful but seemed out of place like it was thrown in there to fill out the course."
"I was surprised how soon the info I learned was completely dated and obsolete. I learned more on the job than in school."
"The level of prerequisites now would be much easier to obtain and I would suggest that everyone have a basic working knowledge of PCs before getting started. It's important to know the basic parts of a PC before going into network admin or tech support."
"The job market is very competitive even though it is said that there is demand for workers in the field of communication and computer technology. I may live in the wrong area for the demand to be so high."
"I got actually what I was looking for. I am into computer hardware, and I liked how everything in my course was related to everything I was looking for. It's about computers everywhere, every time."
"I was surprised at the amount of documentation was necessary on the job. It is not completely essential for my job but it does make things a whole lot easier and it is good to practice this anyway! Lots of inventory and noting who, what, where, why for documentation. I also did not expect as much interaction with people but it becomes natural after a while. You must adapt your vocabulary and personality to particular people in order to expedite jobs as smoothly as possible."
"I'm surprised there is no job market or demand for the skills. Sometimes I feel like I wasted all that time and money getting the certs"
"I was surprised that people who didnt go to school knew as much as i did. I was also surprised that the some software wasnt as reliable as it was supposed to be."
"I was surprised by how through and in-depth the coursework was. Going in, I expected the material to be brief, with diagrams skipping steps in the processes. I was surprised to see much of the training involved highly detailed, order of processes and instructions to learn from."
"The diversity in coding languages, including software/drivers, and in hardware, that somehow all worked together. Its also surprising to see how many components it takes to make an electronic component such as a motherboard."
"I found that much hasn't changed in terms of the core ideas about computers. Certainly new technology has come and go, but the basics remain the same."
"Just how much it would apply to positions in different industries. After computers, I decided to go into Culinary School. I then found a job that required both culinary and computer knowledge, which put me in a unique position. I'm able to handle a knife with precision, but also make a spreadsheet do what I want. I'm also able to accurately diagnose any computer issues in the department."
"Mostly what surprised me is that I do alot of virus removal. Most people just buy new computers since they are so cheap nowadays."
"I was suprised at the lack of hands-on training. There was a shocking amount of book study and written tests. I would guess only 30-40% was actually lab work with machines."
"I was surprised in how long it took to complete a certificate course"
"I was surprised at the level of ease the entire program was. I would had taken all three classes in a single semester if I wasn't also taking classes for a degree."
"Mostly that everything is contract based. If you want to make any money, just use onforce."
"How hard the class would be. I can say without a doubt my high school didn't really prepare me well for the course, so when I got into it at the college, it wasn't as easy as expected."
"I was incredibly shocked about the lack of hands of work we did in class. It was primarily power point presentations with tests. Only at the end of the class did we start to get some hands on experience."
"The depth of knowledge you need to start and you also have to keep up with the ever changing technology that is created every single day. I was shocked by the technology transforming daily, because a lot of folks are creating different inventions that ae computer related and you as a business owner have to keep up with the times or you lose business to companies like Best Buy."
"I was surprised by the different components associated with the computer. And how each one has to have the right specifications to interact with the others."