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Best Computer Hardware Certifications For 2017

Best Computer Hardware Certifications For 2017
By , Mary Kyle

These computer hardware certifications are in demand in 2017. Find the most valuable certification for your career path on Tom's IT Pro.

Credit: ShutterstockCredit: ShutterstockBecoming a computer technician is a great point of entry into the IT field, and computer hardware certifications will help demonstrate your knowledge and competency in maintaining computers, mobile devices, printers and more. These top five computer hardware certifications can help you get your IT career off the ground.

To a certain extent, the title of this article is something of a misnomer. Although we cover our five favorite hardware certifications, the idea that hardware can operate independently of software (or vice versa) isn't true. If you dig into the curriculum for any specific hardware-related certifications in any depth, you'll quickly realize that, by and large, software is in control of hardware nowadays.

Software comes into play for installation, configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting and just about any other activity you can undertake with hardware. It's important to understand that the hardware label simply indicates that devices are involved, not that hardware is all that's involved.

We feature certifications offered by Apple (the ACMT), BICSI (the BICSI Technician) and Cisco (the CCT), and two from CompTIA (A+ and Server+). You can see how frequently the featured certifications appear in actual job postings. Keep in mind that these results are a snapshot in time and vary from day to day, depending on the needs of the employment market. However, they provide a good indication of the relative popularity of each certificate among employers.

Job Board Search Results

CertSimplyHiredIndeedLinkedIn Jobs
BICSI Technician429
Cisco CCT*216
CompTIA A+1,484
CompTIA Server+1,998100

Differing factors, such as specific job role, locality and experience level, may impact salary potential. In general, hardware professionals can expect to earn somewhere in the mid-60s. SimplyHired reports average earnings between $59,472 (CompTIA Server+) and $62,036 (ACMT) for all of the certs featured in our top five list. The average national salary for computer hardware technicians ranges from about $31,000 to more than $70,000.

Click through the following screens to read about our top five picks, which are in no particular order.

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