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ATM Repair Technician

Career Overview

ATM repairs generally require a visit to the ailing machine and analyzing which parts are worn or broken and need replacement. Some broken components are removed and taken to a repair shop, while others can be replaced immediately. The assortment of common problems includes worn magnetic heads that can't read cards anymore and failure of the cash dispensing hardware. ATM technicians also usually have a maintenance program that involves regular visits to machines, when diagnostic tests are run and worn parts replaced before they fail.

Education

Usually applicants for an ATM repair job have an associate's degree in electronics, or certification from a vocational or technical school. Some individuals are able to fall back on experience, but most employers are expecting some sort of formal training.

Employment

175,000 people were employed as computer, ATM and office machine technicians in 2006, according to the Department of Labor. The majority of these were working in the computer field, either for wholesale houses or for retail operations with repair centers. ATM repair technicians have a much smaller universe of machines relevant to the profession.

Job Outlook

The need for ATM repair technicians is expected to grow more slowly than the average of overall job growth over the next several years. The number of new ATMs being installed is limited, and the machines that are in place are becoming more reliable with the addition of upgrades.

Salary

Lowest 10% $23,180

Median Salary $37,810

Highest 10% $59,100

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

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