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Working As A Certified Photo Specialist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • $87,792

    Average Salary

What Does A Certified Photo Specialist Do

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.

Duties

Computer network support specialists typically do the following:

  • Test and evaluate existing network systems
  • Perform regular maintenance to ensure that networks operate correctly
  • Troubleshoot local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Internet systems

Computer network support specialists, also called technical support specialists, usually work in their organization’s IT department. They help IT staff analyze, troubleshoot, and evaluate computer network problems. They play an important role in the routine maintenance of their organization’s networks such as performing file backups on the network. Maintenance can be performed daily, weekly, or monthly and is important to an organization’s disaster recovery efforts. Solving an IT problem promptly is important because organizations depend on their network systems. Network support specialists may assist the organization’s computer users through phone, email, or in-person visits. They often work under network and computer systems administrators, who handle more complex tasks.

Computer user support specialists typically do the following:

  • Pay attention to customers’ descriptions of their computer problems
  • Ask customers questions to properly diagnose the problem
  • Walk customers through the recommended problem-solving steps
  • Set up or repair computer equipment and related devices
  • Train users to work with new computer hardware or software, such as printers, word-processing software, and email
  • Provide other team members and managers in the organization with information about what gives customers the most trouble and about other concerns customers have

Computer user support specialists, also called help-desk technicians, usually provide technical help to non-IT computer users. They respond to phone and email requests for help. They can usually help users remotely, but they also may make site visits so that they can solve a problem in person.

Help-desk technicians may solve a range of problems that vary with the industry and the particular firm. Some technicians work for large software companies or for support service firms and must give instructions to business customers on how to use business-specific programs such as an electronic health records program used in hospitals or physicians’ offices. Sometimes they work with other technicians to resolve problems.

Other help-desk technicians work in call centers, answering simpler questions from non-business customers. They may walk customers through basic steps in re-establishing an Internet connection or troubleshooting household IT products such as a Wi-Fi router.

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How To Become A Certified Photo Specialist

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.

Education

Education requirements for computer support specialists vary. Computer user support specialist jobs require some computer knowledge, but not necessarily a postsecondary degree. Applicants who have taken some computer-related classes are often qualified. For computer network support specialists, many employers accept applicants with an associate’s degree, although some prefer applicants to have a bachelor’s degree.

Large software companies that provide support to business users who buy their products or services often require a bachelor’s degree. Positions that are more technical are likely to require a degree in a field such as computer science, engineering, or information science, but for others, the applicant’s field of study is less important.

To keep up with changes in technology, many computer support specialists continue their education throughout their careers.

Certification

Certification programs are generally offered by vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates the knowledge of and best practices required by computer support specialists. Companies may require their computer support specialists to hold certifications in the products the companies use.

Advancement

Many computer support specialists advance to other information technology positions, such as network and computer systems administrators and software developers. Some become managers in the computer support services department. Some organizations provide paths for support specialists to move into other parts of the organization, such as sales. For more information, see the profiles on network and computer systems administrators and software developers.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Computer support specialists must be patient and sympathetic. They must often help people who are frustrated with the software or hardware they are trying to use.

Listening skills. Support workers must be able to understand the problems that their customers are describing and know when to ask questions to clarify the situation.

Problem-solving skills. Support workers must identify both simple and complex computer problems, analyze them, and solve them.

Speaking skills. Support workers must describe the solutions to computer problems in a way that a nontechnical person can understand.

Writing skills. Strong writing skills are useful for preparing instructions and email responses for employees and customers, as well as real-time web chat interactions.

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Certified Photo Specialist Career Paths

Certified Photo Specialist
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Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Pharmacist Technician Office Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Home Health Aid Front Desk Agent
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Shift Leader Security Officer Account Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Pharmacist Technician Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Photo Specialist Security Officer Account Manager
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Operations Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Store Team Leader Merchandiser Dispatcher
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager General Manager Operations Vice President
President Of Operations
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Case Manager Program Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shift Leader General Manager Account Executive
Regional Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Account Manager
Relationship Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Store Team Leader Store Manager Service Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Photo Specialist Specialist Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Support Specialist Technical Support Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Clinical Manager Operations Manager
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Certified Photo Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

56.4%

Male

42.0%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

64.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.9%

Portuguese

4.4%

Romanian

4.4%

French

4.4%

German

2.2%

Japanese

2.2%

Gujarati

2.2%

Persian

2.2%

Hindi

2.2%

Urdu

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Russian

2.2%
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Certified Photo Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.3%

Liberty University

9.3%

Community College of Philadelphia

5.1%

Temple University

5.1%

University of Utah

5.1%

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

5.1%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

4.2%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.2%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

4.2%

Strayer University

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

University of Southern Mississippi

4.2%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.2%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

University of South Florida

3.4%

Tennessee State University

3.4%

Ashford University

3.4%

Texas Tech University

3.4%

University of Northern Iowa

3.4%
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Majors

Business

23.7%

Psychology

11.5%

Nursing

8.3%

Criminal Justice

6.7%

Accounting

4.6%

Marketing

3.9%

General Studies

3.7%

Social Work

3.7%

Management

3.5%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Computer Science

3.2%

Communication

3.2%

Medical Assisting Services

3.2%

Kinesiology

3.0%

Human Development

3.0%

Human Services

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.4%

English

2.2%

Fine Arts

2.0%

Human Resources Management

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.9%

Other

28.5%

Masters

11.6%

Associate

11.5%

Certificate

4.0%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.7%
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Top Skills for A Certified Photo Specialist

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  1. Customer Service
  2. Mental Health Issues
  3. Photo Lab Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide innovative photographic laboratory processing and customer service in an environment dedicated to making people's lives better.
  • Operated and maintained commercial photo lab equipment to product quality products.
  • Ensured photo orders were printed according to specifications.
  • Planned sales promotions and photo events that lead to achieving one of the top ranked Photo Departments for the District.
  • Operated state-of-the-art photo processing equipment, monitoring all orders and occasionally working on key specialty customer request items.

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