|Quick Facts: Computer Support Specialists|
|2014 Median Pay||
$50,380 per year
$24.22 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||See How to Become One|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2014||766,900|
|Job Outlook, 2014-24||12% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2014-24||88,800|
Computer support specialists provide help and advice to people and organizations using computer software or equipment. Some, called computer network support specialists, support information technology (IT) employees within their organization. Others, called computer user support specialists, assist non-IT users who are having computer problems.
Most computer support specialists have full-time work schedules; however, many do not work typical 9-to-5 jobs. Because computer support is important for businesses, many support specialists must be available 24 hours a day. As a result, many support specialists must work nights or weekends.
Because of the wide range of skills used in different computer support jobs, there are many paths into the occupation. A bachelor’s degree is required for some computer support specialist positions, but an associate’s degree or postsecondary classes may be enough for others.
The median annual wage for computer support specialists was $50,380 in May 2014.
Employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. More support services will be needed as organizations upgrade their computer equipment and software.
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