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Working As A Data Center Specialist

  • 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 Data Center 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 Data Center 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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Data Center Specialist Typical Career Paths

Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Technician 5.2%
Top Employers After
Specialist 3.8%
Manager 3.8%

Data Center Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

74.8%

Female

24.8%

Unknown

0.5%
Ethnicity

White

82.1%

Asian

8.2%

Hispanic or Latino

7.5%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

Romanian

14.3%

French

14.3%

Carrier

14.3%

Russian

14.3%

Italian

14.3%
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Data Center Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.5%

Marshall University

8.1%

Strayer University

8.1%

Kennesaw State University

8.1%

University of Central Arkansas

8.1%

University of Maryland - University College

5.4%

University of Memphis

5.4%

Livingstone College

5.4%

Liberty University

5.4%

Seton Hall University

5.4%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.7%

Brown University

2.7%

University of Illinois at Springfield

2.7%

University of Northern Colorado

2.7%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

2.7%

Lewis and Clark Community College

2.7%

Troy University

2.7%

ITT Technical Institute-Norwood (Ohio)

2.7%

University of Alabama

2.7%

CALC Institute of Technology

2.7%
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Majors

Business

22.6%

Computer Science

9.6%

Computer Networking

8.7%

Management

7.0%

Information Technology

6.1%

Electrical Engineering

6.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Computer Information Systems

4.3%

Management Information Systems

4.3%

Marketing

4.3%

Mathematics

3.5%

Information Systems

3.5%

Information Sciences

2.6%

Education

2.6%

Engineering Technology

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Health Care Administration

1.7%

Human Development

1.7%

Supply Chain Management

1.7%

Communication

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.4%

Other

26.5%

Masters

14.6%

Associate

10.6%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

0.7%
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Real Data Center Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IT Data Center Senior Specialist Sap Labs, LLC Palo Alto, CA Feb 15, 2016 $155,000
IT Data Center Senior Specialist Ariba, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 03, 2016 $155,000
IT Data Center Senior Specialist Ariba, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 21, 2016 $135,000
IT Data Center Senior Specialist Ariba, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 17, 2016 $117,645 -
$120,870
Data Center Network Specialist NestlÉ Regional Globe Office North America, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Apr 20, 2016 $113,256 -
$115,000
IT Data Center Specialist Ariba, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 11, 2015 $113,003

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Top Skills for A Data Center Specialist

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Top Data Center Specialist Skills

  1. Customer Service
  2. Network Hardware
  3. Network Infrastructure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Identify all areas of possible automation and / or improvement to provide better customer service and enhance problem resolution techniques.
  • Install and maintain BB&T network infrastructure.
  • Monitor server backups and network systems.
  • Performed all break fix support for Consumers Energy data centers
  • Design Storage Solutions for Mid-Market & Enterprise accounts, while understanding business issues and providing technology solutions enhancing return on investment.

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