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What does it mean to study Technical Studies?

Technical studies prepare you for a broad range of career options in the many career fields that need technicians--from construction to internet technology. You should be good at math and sciences to follow any technical studies career path.

What kind of person succeeds at Technical Studies?
Are you detail oriented? Patient? Do you have great concentration? If you're the kind of person who likes to know how things work, to take things apart and put them back together, a technical studies career makes the most of your good traits. Technical studies careers are hands-on, so you'll need to be skilled with your hands.

Why train in Technical Studies?
Technical jobs are in demand. Economy-wide, the job market for technicians outpaces other career paths. You can enter the field with an associate's degree. Many technical positions will train you on-the-job, since they want you to be familiar with their products and needs. Technical careers abound--in medicine, in the construction industry, and in tool and die making, to name but a few.

How train for Technical Studies careers
You're in luck. Technical studies training is available from many educational sources such as, both online and off. Just pick the one that fits your needs and income. You can choose a technical college or take technical courses from a community college. Pick a program that gives you lots of experience. Ideally, you'll find some kind of apprenticeship as well. You may be expected to join a professional organization or union, depending on the technical studies career path you take.

What's it like to have a Technical Studies career?
Plan on being at a desk or workbench, if you pursue a technical studies career in the computer industry. Technicians get to dress casually and work a predictable schedule. Since demand is high, you'll probably get your first job through your school's placement service.

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