|Quick Facts: Computer Support Specialists|
$57,910 per year
$27.84 per hour
|See How to Become One|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|6% (As fast as average)|
Computer support specialists maintain computer networks and provide technical help to computer users.
Most computer support specialists work full time. Because computer support services may need to be available 24 hours a day, some specialists work nights or weekends.
Entry requirements vary for computer support specialists. Network support specialists typically need an associate’s degree, and user support specialists typically need to complete some college courses. However, candidates may qualify with a high school diploma plus relevant information technology (IT) certifications.
The median annual wage for computer network support specialists was $62,760 in May 2021.
The median annual wage for computer user support specialists was $49,770 in May 2021.
Overall employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 75,000 openings for computer support specialists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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