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HOW TO GET OUT OF MANUAL LABOR JOBS

If you’ve been working as a manual laborer, you already know the useful traits you bring to the table. These skills you’ve built up over the years will become essential throughout your IT training program and your career change. Manual laborers are hardworking team players who understand the value of good communication, all of which play a daily role in the tech world. You may even have experience with some technology yourself that will give you a jumpstart on the field. 

Whether you are looking for alternative careers for carpenters, construction workers, mechanics, or landscape architects, a transition into the IT industry is for you.

What Are Entry Level IT Roles for Former Manual Laborers?

Manual laborers have more overlap with the technology industry than you would think, making the career change from, say electrician to IT specialist much smoother than expected. IT careers involve focus, teamwork, and dedication- all traits that you are very familiar with.

While entry level IT jobs with no experience may seem uncommon, there are actually many entry level tech roles that you can break into with just by touching up your knowledge and technical skills.

A career in information technology can be in your future. Here are a few entry level roles we recommend looking into:

  • IT Support Specialist
  • Computer Technician
  • Technical Support Technician
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Desktop Support Technician
  • Service Desk Analyst
  • NOC Technician

IT Support Specialist 

IT Support Specialists play a core role in organizations by providing information technology support. This can look like answering questions and resolving technical issues, troubleshooting problems and maintaining software, and improving IT systems. Learn more about IT Support Specialists. 

Computer Technician 

Computer Technicians help set companies up for success. A regular day may look like installing computers, printers, or software and working on managing the organization’s network and equipment. Learn more about Computer Technicians. 

Technical Support Technician 

Technical Support Specialists get their hands metaphorically dirty by getting down to the nitty-gritty of computer support and troubleshooting. They provide end-users with assistance in technical, software, and hardware problems. Learn more about Technical Support Specialist. 

Help Desk Technician 

Help Desk Technicians help keep the system running smoothly by managing communications between the end user and the rest of the IT team. Sorting support tickets, diagnosing problems, and guiding customers to where they need to go is a glimpse into their day-to-day. Learn more about Help Desk Technicians.

Desktop Support Technician 

Desktop Support Technicians develop strong understandings of the system and its hardware and software. They are all about supporting and maintaining the organization’s technology to ensure optimal workspace performance. Learn more about Desktop Support Technicians 

Service Desk Analyst 

Service Desk Analysts are IT professionals who help monitor inquiries, problems, and IT issues as well as responding to and supporting end users who request help. Learn more about Service Desk Analysts. 

NOC Technician 

NOC Technicians also known as Network Operations Center Technicians keep operations up and going by keeping an eye on user incident and outage reporting and then providing resolutions as needed. This could look like direct support to the customer or implementing or repairing firewalls, routing, or remote access protocols. Learn more about NOC Technicians. 

How to Transition Out of Manual Labor and Into the Office

Training is critical for any professional job. It helps you build the skills needed to become efficient in your new role and gives you hands-on opportunities to learn about the field before starting. Transitioning from manual labor work to the technology field may seem difficult but we’re here each step of the way. Our program prepares every Centriq student for a lifelong IT career. We include everything you need to know so that your first day on the job doesn’t come as a surprise.

Online IT Training Program

A few months is all it takes to step into a new industry. Our curriculum is focused on networking, systems, and security to provide optimal IT network support. This is a strategic path towards your first day at your dream job.

Cybersecurity Specialist Program (CSSP)

Learn more about our Cybersecurity Training Program.

Full Stack Coding Program

Learn more about our Full Stack Developer Training Program.

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Jan 23, 2023
Jul 27, 2023
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4/3/23-4/7/23
5/22/23-5/26/23
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Jan 30, 2023
May 5, 2023
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Feb 6, 2023
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7/3/23-7/7/23
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7/3/23-7/7/23
8/21/23-8/25/23
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9/4/23-9/8/23
11/20/23-11/24/23
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Jun 5, 2023
Sep 8, 2023
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7/3/23-7/7/23
8/7/23-8/11/23
CSSP-V
Jun 19, 2023
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7/3/23-7/7/23
9/4/23-9/8/23
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11/20/23-11/24/23
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Aug 14, 2023
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Oct 30, 2023
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11/20/23-11/24/23
12/25/23-12/29/23
CSSP-V
Oct 30, 2023
May 2, 2024
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11/20/23-11/23/23
3/4/23-3/7/23
CSSP-V
Nov 6, 2023
Mar 1, 2024
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11/20/23-11/24/23
12/25/23-12/29/23
1/29/24-2/2/24
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If you don't see the Cohort Start date you are looking for don't forget to check out our campus calendars.
CSSP-I: Cybersecurity Specialist Program (In-Person Modality)
CSSP-V: Cybersecurity Specialist Program (Live Virtual Modality)
FSCP-I: Full Stack Coding Program (In-Person Modality)
FSCP-V: Full Stack Coding Program (Live Virtual Modality)
Please note that Centriq will be closed on the following observed holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day following Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Start Date
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Feb 29, 2024
Mar 24, 2024
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3/25/24-3/29/24
4/22/24-4/26/24
CSSP-I
May 13, 2024
Aug 16, 2024
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5/27/24-5/31/24
7/1/24-7/5/24
CSSP-I
Aug 19, 2024
Nov 22, 2024
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9/2/24-9/6/24
10/21/24-10/25/24
CSSP-I
Dec 2, 2024
Mar 14, 2025
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12/23/24-12/27/24
12/30/24-1/3/25
2/10/25-2/14/25
CSSP-I
If you don't see the Cohort Start date you are looking for don't forget to check out our online instructor-led calendar.
CSSP-I: Cybersecurity Specialist Program (In-Person Modality)
CSSP-V: Cybersecurity Specialist Program (Live Virtual Modality)
FSCP-I: Full Stack Coding Program (In-Person Modality)
FSCP-V: Full Stack Coding Program (Live Virtual Modality)
Please note that Centriq will be closed on the following observed holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day following Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Start Date
End Date
Day/Eve
Break Weeks
Track
Jan 15, 2024
Apr 19, 2024
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2/19/24-2/23/24
3/18/24-3/22/24
CSSP-I
Feb 26, 2024
May 24, 2024
Day
4/1/24-4/5/24
CSSP-I
Apr 08, 2024
Jul 12, 2024
Day
5/27/24-5/31/24
7/1/24-7/5/24
CSSP-I
May 20, 2024
Aug 23, 2024
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5/27/24-5/31/24
7/1/24-7/5/24
CSSP-I
Jun 24, 2024
Sep 27, 2024
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7/1/24-7/5/24
9/2/24-9/6/24
CSSP-I
Jul 29, 2024
Feb 6, 2025
Eve
9/2/24-9/5/24
11/25/24-11/28/24
12/23/24-12/27/24
12/30/24-1/3/25
CSSP-I
Aug 5, 2024
Nov 8, 2024
Day
9/2/24-9/6/24
10/7/24-10/11/24
CSSP-I
Sep 9, 2024
Dec 13, 2024
Day
10/14/24-10/18/24
11/25/24-11/29/24
CSSP-I
Oct 21, 2024
Jan 31, 2025
Day
11/25/24-11/29/24
12/23/24-12/27/24
12/30/24-1/3/25
CSSP-I
Dec 2, 2024
Mar 14, 2025
Day
12/23/24-12/27/24
12/30/24-1/3/25
2/10/25-2/14/25
CSSP-I
If you don't see the Cohort Start date you are looking for don't forget to check out our online instructor-led calendar.
CSSP-I: Cybersecurity Specialist Program (In-Person Modality)
CSSP-V: Cybersecurity Specialist Program (Live Virtual Modality)
FSCP-I: Full Stack Coding Program (In-Person Modality)
FSCP-V: Full Stack Coding Program (Live Virtual Modality)
Please note that Centriq will be closed on the following observed holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day following Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.