Information About Computer Support Specialists

What is this career like?

The role of an IT consultant is to advise organizations how to make the best use of information technologies throughout the business to ensure that they are operating as efficiently and effectively as possible. This is a strategic role which looks at the internal processes of a business and how technology could offer labor, time and money savings. IT consultants generally work on short-term contracts on a freelance basis, although some large companies do offer permanent roles in IT consultancy in their organization.

Personal skills:
Strong problem solving and analytical skills are required. The ability to grasp complex information quickly, communicate well and work in a team will be important. You may also have do some face-to-face IT training of staff and writing user guides. Technical IT skills will be vital so that you can identify the needs of the organisation.

Training

Computer support specialists need associate degree.

Degrees for Computer support specialists
Training for Computer Support Specialists
Percent
Less than High School 1.0
High School 12.5
Some College 29.4
Associates Degree 16.0
Bachelors Degree 33.1
Masters Degree 7.2
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.9

Employment

Represents about 565,000 people in the United States- 1.2% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 78,000 more computer support specialists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 234,000 more.


This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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