Computer Support Specialist
Computer Support Specialists help businesses or other places with technical issues. This is a career option for students interested in using technology without learning all the programming associated with Computer Science.
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2017 Median Pay: $52,810/year; $25.39/hour
Typical Entry-Level Education: 2-4 yrs college
On-the-job Training: None
Number of Jobs, 2016: 835,300
Job Outlook 2016-26: 11% (faster than average)
Employment Change 2016-26: 88,500
What They Do
Computer Support Specialists provide help and advice to computer users and organizations. These specialists either support computer networks or they provide technical assistance directly to computer users.
How To Become One
Because of the wide range of skills used in different computer support jobs, there are many paths into this career. A bachelor’s degree (4 yrs) is required for some computer support specialist positions, but an associate’s degree (2 yrs) or a few college classes may be enough for others.
---Most businesses have an “IT” guy (or girl) to help with computer issues; even the Arcola School District has one! So, you could work in a variety of places as a Computer Support Specialist!
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Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, US Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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