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Working As An Implementation Specialist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • $86,050

    Average Salary

What Does An Implementation 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 An Implementation 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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Implementation Specialist Career Paths

Implementation Specialist
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Account Manager
Client Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Database Administrator Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Records Clerk Information Management Specialist Information Manager
Director Of Information
8 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Implementation Consultant Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Implementation Manager Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Account Executive
Relationship Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Sales Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Implementation Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Implementation Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Sales Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator Technical Recruiter
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Specialist Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Specialist 3.7 years
Staff Specialist 3.7 years
Software Trainer 2.6 years
Specialist 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.5%
Internship 4.8%
Manager 4.3%
Supervisor 3.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 9.7%
Manager 3.9%
Analyst 3.2%

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Implementation Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

50.7%

Male

47.1%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

61.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.9%

French

10.2%

Portuguese

6.3%

Chinese

4.5%

German

4.0%

Russian

3.4%

Mandarin

2.8%

Cantonese

2.8%

Carrier

2.8%

Japanese

2.3%

Dutch

1.7%

Korean

1.7%

Urdu

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Swedish

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Italian

1.1%

Romanian

0.6%

Ukrainian

0.6%

Dari

0.6%
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Implementation Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.4%

Strayer University

8.2%

Georgia State University

5.6%

American InterContinental University

4.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

Kennesaw State University

3.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.7%

Temple University

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.5%

Villanova University

3.3%

Kaplan University

3.3%

Capella University

3.3%

Arizona State University

3.1%

Walden University

2.9%

Webster University

2.9%

University of Missouri - Columbia

2.9%

Western Governors University

2.9%

Western Michigan University

2.9%

Ashford University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

30.4%

Computer Science

7.1%

Information Technology

5.7%

Computer Information Systems

5.6%

Accounting

5.4%

Management

4.4%

Project Management

4.3%

Communication

4.1%

Human Resources Management

3.9%

Nursing

3.7%

Psychology

3.5%

Marketing

3.5%

Finance

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Management Information Systems

2.6%

Education

2.1%

Biology

2.0%

Information Systems

1.9%

Electrical Engineering

1.8%

English

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.6%

Masters

19.9%

Other

19.2%

Associate

9.1%

Certificate

4.1%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.3%
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Real Implementation Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Implementation Specialist Numerix LLC New York, NY Jan 08, 2015 $170,000
Implementation Specialist Numerix LLC New York, NY Aug 01, 2015 $170,000
AIM Implementations Specialist Bloomberg L.P. San Francisco, CA Jun 20, 2016 $159,000 -
$198,000
Lead Implementation Specialist Fast Enterprises LLC Baton Rouge, LA Jan 04, 2015 $145,000
AIM Implementations Specialist Bloomberg, LP San Francisco, CA Feb 02, 2015 $134,000
Clinical Systems Integration & Implementation Specialist Health Prime International National Harbor, MD Nov 03, 2014 $132,766
Servicenow Implementation Specialist Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. Boston, MA Jan 06, 2016 $130,000
Implementation Specialist Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Apr 21, 2015 $128,000
Implementation Specialist Bloomberg, LP San Francisco, CA Apr 21, 2015 $128,000
Clinical Implementation (IT) Specialist Thrasys, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 10, 2014 $120,000
Policy Implementation Specialist Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 08, 2016 $120,000
Implementation Specialist Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Dec 11, 2014 $114,000
Systems Implementation Specialist Standard Chartered Bank Newark, NJ Nov 21, 2014 $114,000
AIM-Implementation Specialist Bloomberg, LP New York, NY May 28, 2013 $112,000
Project Implementation Specialist Saglobal, Inc. Carmel, IN Sep 01, 2015 $85,000
Software Technical Implementation Specialist Xifin, Inc. San Diego, CA Nov 17, 2014 $84,500
Software Technical Implementation Specialist Xifin, Inc. San Diego, CA Nov 15, 2014 $84,500
Regional Implementation Specialist Sap Labs, LLC Downers Grove, IL Sep 30, 2013 $83,697
Brand Auction Implementation Specialist Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 26, 2016 $83,000
SAP Planning Implementation Specialist A1 Kaiser Inc. Saginaw, MI Jul 27, 2016 $82,000
Implementation Specialist FIS Management Services, LLC Jersey City, NJ Oct 09, 2016 $81,800
Workday Implementation Specialist Keyseries, LLC New York, NY Jul 20, 2016 $81,266
Laboratory and Implementation Specialist Soft Computer Consultants, Inc. Clearwater, FL Jan 01, 2013 $73,760
Lean Manufacturing Implementation Specialist Delphi Corporation Troy, MI Aug 31, 2016 $72,550
Technical Implementation Specialist Borderfree New York, NY Sep 01, 2013 $72,000
Lean Manufacturing Implementation Specialist Delphi Corporation Troy, MI Nov 19, 2015 $70,304
Implementation Specialist 4Sight Supply Chain Group Duluth, GA May 20, 2014 $70,000 -
$90,000
Mulesoft Implementation Specialist Sierra-Cedar, Inc. Tempe, AZ Sep 13, 2016 $70,000 -
$73,000
IBM Cognos ICM Implementation Specialist Smart Tech, Inc. Danbury, CT Sep 01, 2015 $70,000
Implementation Specialist Atellis, Inc. Washington, DC Jul 29, 2016 $70,000

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Top Skills for An Implementation Specialist

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  1. Project Management
  2. Data Migration
  3. Technical Support
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  • Manage end-to-end ownership of Time Off configuration, exercising project management skill to establish and meet implementation process milestones.
  • Conducted remote installations, data migration, rules configuration, user-acceptance testing and training.
  • Involved in the implementation and technical support of software implementations for physician offices.
  • Executed automatic payroll reports after payroll processing was complete.
  • Implemented an imaging solution that applies all applicable software applications to specific departmental computers prior to delivery and setup.

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