Systems technician checks a circuit card that delivers telecommunications services to the Cancer Information Service at the National Cancer Institute
Occupation type
Activity sectors
Applied science
CompetenciesMathematics, science, design, analysis, critical thinking, ethics, project management, economics, creativity, problem solving
Education required
Technical education
Fields of
Research and development, industry, business
Related jobs
Scientist, project manager, inventor

A technician is a worker in a field of technology who is proficient in the relevant skill and technique,[1] with a relatively practical understanding of the theoretical principles.[2]


The term technician covers many different specialisations. These include:

  1. Work safety technician
  2. Systems technician
  3. Sciences technician
  4. Data systems technician
  5. Data processing technician
  6. Information systems technician
  7. Cryptologic technician
  8. Sonar technician
  9. Engineering technician
  10. Laboratory technician
  11. Digital imaging technician
  12. Machinery Technician
  13. Machines technician
  14. Electricity technician
  15. Electronics technician
  16. Computer repair technician
  17. Automation technician
  18. Pharmacy technician
  19. Nail technician
  20. Theatrical technician
  21. Emergency Medical Technician


In the UK, a shortage of skilled technicians in the science, engineering and technology sectors[3][4] has led to various campaigns to encourage more people to become technicians and to promote the role of technician.[5][6][7]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Technician". Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  3. ^ Report for The Gatsby Charitable Foundation[1]
  4. ^ Report for HEFCE
  5. ^ "Home". Technicians. Retrieved 2024-04-03.
  6. ^ "About us". Technicians. Retrieved 2024-04-03.
  7. ^ "About Us". UK ITSS. Retrieved 2024-04-03.

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