Provide technical support, advice, and assistance to consumers and businesses with technical, hardware, and software system problems. Specialists generally deal directly with end users and must effectively communicate answers in a way they can understand.

A Typical Day

  • Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically, i.e. installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.
  • Try to replicate the user's issue or concern; escalate to more experienced support staff or engineering as needed.
  • Develop scripts for resolution of common issues. 
  • Load and configure software on computers.
  • Install hardware and drivers such as printers, and copiers
  • Maintain corporate support systems such as adding users to Outlook, Badge systems, etc.

Recommended Credentials

Bachelor's Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Northwestern Michigan College
CIT - Computer Support Specialist 

Elsewhere in Michigan


Ferris State University
Computer Information Technology

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

  • Take AP Computer Science at your High School 
  • Visit the Information Technology program at the Northwest Education Services Career Tech Center, enroll if you are interested!
  • Dual enroll at NMC - CIT 122A Comp & Internet Basics I (1 cr)
  • Dual enroll at NMC - CIT 210

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Center Tech - Information Technology

Pathway 2

Northwestern Michigan Technology - Computer Support Specialist 

Pathway 3

Take Industry Certifications at NMC Aeropark Professional Testing 


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Sample Job Titles...

  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Computer Technician 
  • Support Technician 
  • IT Specialist 
  • Help Desk Technician/Analyst
  • End User Support Analyst

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