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08-16-2010, 03:48 AM
Computer Technician - Still The Job of the Future
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08-16-2010, 08:09 AM
We have enough competition, just stop it already! lol.
08-16-2010, 08:30 AM
Very bad article to be honest because you overlook the most important facts...
First of all, look at the price structure. Considering people that only makes the simple stuff (e-mail, facebook etc). They can just buy a new computer if their old one breaks down because of the low price. Just because things break doesn't mean its a good market for fixing them.
Second of all you are missing the most important trends. First of all most electronics are getting more reliable and user friendly (just look at Mac) which will lower demand for regular user-support. More and more services are also getting put on the cloud and in the future computers might only be streaming all content making the "cloud companies" the only ones needing to worry about fixing their computers.
Third, it is also a generation issue. Obviously there is work now because a generation that needs help still exists. Just look at your customer base, what age are they? I do not think they are 20-30... Sure, someone will point out that they have clients that age. I also have clients that age but they are very few compared to the rest.
I still think there will be a market for support and education but the market for hardware, virus removal and things like that will slowly disappear.
08-16-2010, 07:50 PM
Actually, the future is in the hands of software and hardware engineers. As technology advances, more and more jobs fall victim to an engineer's creation.
08-16-2010, 09:57 PM
Nothing better than positive criticism. :)
I disagree with you thedog about 'throw away' electronics. As technology becomes more integrated, it becomes more complicated. You have scenarios now where something that used to be simple (watching a movie at home) has become incredibly complicated. Most people don't know, in the mess of cables, what cable goes where, how to configure the receiver properly, television to balance out 4-5 devices, etc. Sure, when a receiver crashes most people can run out and buy a new one - but most will not know how or even want to get it setup properly.
Sure there are small devices that you can easily replace, like a smartphone. But how many people want to just throw it away without first transferring contacts, text messages and other important information to the new one?
As technology advances, people come to depend on it more. As a result, it becomes more interconnected and more necessary to have support in place to assist with it. I'm not saying the future job is virus removal, but there IS a future for computer repair of a general type. Whether that means circuit repair or even knowing how to make various computer devices talk to each other and share information.
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