Career Spotlight

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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Computer Support Specialist

Quick Facts

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.

Students can email Mrs. Mendez at amendez@arcolaschools.com if they want information on a specific career. She may even use it in a future Spotlight!