Achieve a satisfying balance with a career that lets you work with people and computers. A computer support specialist is a problem-solver with a technical background in hardware, software, network maintenance, and networks. A good listener with an arsenal of problem-solving skills, technical manuals, and knowledge of computers, you will help customers resolve issues and restore productivity. You may also be charged with selecting hardware and software, managing a Local Area Network (LAN), maintaining a support ticket tracking system, and training employees.
Along with technical skills, you’ll be refining your people skills with special attention paid to listening, teamwork, ethics, and communication. Learning takes place both in the computer lab and in the classroom.
In your final semester, you will select, install, setup, test, and demonstrate software and build a portfolio that demonstrates your competency in hardware, software, support, training, project management, and networking. Working at a student help desk will round out your experience.