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Become A Computer Consultant

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Working As A Computer Consultant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • $58,920

    Average Salary

What Does A Computer Consultant Do

Computer Consultants assist a company's staff with computer system usage and issues. Computer consultants can be software programmers, hardware system installers, networking specialists, database specialists, and others.

How To Become A Computer Consultant

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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Real Computer Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Computer Consultant Software Guidance and Assistance, Inc. Tarrytown, NY Jun 01, 2016 $190,000
Assoc. Computer Consultant-Enterprise Apps (Erp/Crm) (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Sep 11, 2016 $116,709 -
$120,000
SR. Computer Consultant-Java/J2Ee (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Aug 11, 2016 $116,709 -
$145,000
SR. Computer Consultant-Data Warehousing (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Aug 11, 2016 $116,709 -
$145,000
Assoc. Computer Consultant-TIS (Tech. & Infra. Svcs) (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Oct 11, 2016 $116,709 -
$120,000
SR. Computer Consultant-Data Warehousing (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Nov 15, 2016 $116,709 -
$145,000
SR. Computer Consultant-Enterprise Apps (Erp/Crm) (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Dec 20, 2016 $116,709 -
$145,000
Assoc. Computer Consultant-Java/J2Ee (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Aug 11, 2016 $116,709 -
$120,000
Senior Computer Consultant-Enterprise Applications (ERP, CRM) (Mult. Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Nov 17, 2015 $105,518 -
$110,000
Senior Computer Consultant-Domain (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Nov 16, 2015 $105,518 -
$110,000
Senior Computer Consultant-Domain (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Nov 19, 2015 $105,518 -
$110,000
Assoc. Comp. Consultant-Enterprise Applications (ERP, CRM) (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Oct 12, 2015 $105,518 -
$110,000
Computer Consultant DR Technologies Inc. Herndon, VA Sep 14, 2016 $103,000
Computer Consultant-Enterprise Apps (Erp/Crm) (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Oct 08, 2016 $101,400 -
$120,000
Computer Consultant-Java/J2Ee (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Apr 11, 2016 $101,400 -
$120,000
Computer Consultant-Enterprise Apps (Erp/Crm) (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Apr 11, 2016 $101,400 -
$120,000
Computer Consultant-TIS (Tech. & Infra. Svcs) (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Apr 11, 2016 $101,400 -
$120,000
Computer Consultant-TIS (Tech. & Infra. Svcs) (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Jul 11, 2016 $101,400 -
$120,000
Computer Consultant-Enterprise Apps (Erp/Crm) (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Sep 11, 2016 $101,400 -
$120,000
Computer Consultant-TIS (Tech. & Infra. Svcs) (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Sep 11, 2016 $101,400 -
$120,000

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Top Skills for A Computer Consultant

ComputerHardwarePersonalComputersWebDatabaseCustomerServiceSetupDeskSupportTechnicalSupportTroubleshootSmallBusinessInternetMacSQLServerComputerSystemsRemoteVirusRemovalWindowsNTWindowsXPUnixLAN

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Top Computer Consultant Skills

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Personal Computers
  3. Web
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Make recommendations on computer hardware / software based on initial consultation.
  • Repair, upgrades, troubleshooting and diagnostics of customer Personal computers to resolve conflict problems.
  • Directed web based marketing efforts for several small businesses.
  • Designed, created and implemented database and software modifications.
  • Managed frustrated computer users and provided customer service.

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