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Working As A Client Support Manager

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • $48,620

    Average Salary

What Does A Client Support Manager 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 Client Support Manager

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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Average Length of Employment
Client Executive 3.4 years
Support Manager 3.3 years
Support Lead 2.7 years
Client Manager 2.6 years
Support 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 4.4%
Supervisor 3.6%
Internship 3.2%
Top Employers After
Manager 6.1%
Consultant 5.6%
Owner 2.8%

Client Support Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

51.8%

Male

46.1%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

80.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.3%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6%

Portuguese

7.4%

Cantonese

7.4%

Mandarin

7.4%

Filipino

3.7%

Vietnamese

3.7%

German

3.7%

Japanese

3.7%

French

3.7%

Russian

3.7%
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Client Support Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.0%

Liberty University

6.7%

University of Texas at Austin

6.7%

Middle Tennessee State University

6.7%

University of Central Florida

5.3%

Strayer University

5.3%

University of Houston

5.3%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

University of Central Oklahoma

4.0%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.0%

Georgia Perimeter College

4.0%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

4.0%

Troy University

4.0%

University of Georgia

4.0%

Ashford University

4.0%

Bowling Green State University

4.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.0%

Western Washington University

2.7%

Texas A&M University

2.7%

Bucks County Community College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

33.1%

Computer Science

6.8%

Psychology

6.1%

Management

5.8%

Marketing

5.1%

Finance

4.1%

English

3.8%

Communication

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.4%

Information Technology

3.1%

Information Systems

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

History

2.7%

Education

2.4%

Human Resources Management

2.4%

Kinesiology

2.0%

Management Information Systems

2.0%

Elementary Education

2.0%

Political Science

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.0%

Masters

18.7%

Other

18.7%

Associate

9.4%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.4%
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Real Client Support Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head of Client Support North America Ion Trading, Inc. New York, NY Jun 01, 2015 $150,000
Client Support Manager Towers Watson Delware Inc. Philadelphia, PA Apr 22, 2016 $140,000
Head of Client Support North America Ion Trading, Inc. New York, NY Jun 01, 2013 $135,000
Manager, Client Support Reval.Com New York, NY Nov 20, 2015 $116,813
Manager, Client Support Reval.Com, Inc. New York, NY Nov 02, 2016 $105,352
Manager, Client Support Reval.Com, Inc. New York, NY Apr 06, 2015 $105,352
Manager, Client Support Reval.Com, Inc. New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $105,000
Manager, Client Support Reval.Com, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $105,000
Client Support Manager Intermarket Corp Miami, FL Feb 05, 2015 $90,376
Client Support Manager Advocate Powell, OH Dec 09, 2016 $82,000

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Top Skills for A Client Support Manager

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Top Client Support Manager Skills

  1. Client Support Department
  2. Procedures
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created policy positions to enhance the client support department while working closely with both sales & operations teams.
  • Developed department procedures for handling day to day processes and establishing new accounts.
  • Devised and published metrics to measure the support group s success in delivering world class customer service.
  • Account Manager for worldwide leading financial clearing house and settlement organization.
  • Manage deposits and oversee expense process and to insure compliance with company travel policy.

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