Field Service Technician

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Field service technicians install, maintain and repair a variety of machinery and equipment. They usually go out to business premises or people's homes. They specialise in one particular area, such as home or office appliances and equipment, medical equipment or industrial machinery.

The Work

Depending on the type of equipment you specialise in, you could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for qualified Modern Apprentice may start on the National Minimum Wage (NMW). The apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £6.40 an hour (1 April 2024). Some employers may pay their apprentices more.

The starting salary for qualified service technicians is normally around £20,000 to £24,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £30,000 or more a year. If you work on specialist equipment, such as medical or scientific (see Clinical Technologist job profile), you can earn up to £40,000 a year. You may earn extra through bonuses and shift allowances.


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Getting In

There are employment opportunities in a wide range of industries including manufacturing industries for forklifts, business equipment servicing, and in the area of assistive technology systems, which includes lifting platforms and stairlifts.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland


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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

2 %
  United Kingdom
3.8 %

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:


Getting On

Promotion prospects will depend on the size of the organisation. In larger organisations you may be able to progress from technician to senior technician, to supervisor and then to service manager.


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