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Working As A Senior Service Specialist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • $31,720

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Service 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 Senior Service 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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Senior Service Specialist Career Paths

Senior Service Specialist
Senior Technician Specialist Home Health Aid Security Officer
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Sales Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Operations Manager
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Nurse Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Service Director Operations Director
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Sales Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Case Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Patient Care Technician Medical Assistant
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Instructor Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Security Officer Technician
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse Case Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Specialist Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Program Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Account Executive
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Service Supervisor 3.8 years
Senior Specialist 3.6 years
Service Lead 2.9 years
Service Specialist 2.7 years
Specialist 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 7.3%
Cashier 6.9%
Manager 3.6%
Volunteer 3.4%
Supervisor 3.4%
Top Employers After
Cashier 5.2%
Internship 4.6%
Volunteer 4.0%
Consultant 3.7%

Senior Service Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

66.4%

Male

31.5%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

79.6%

Hispanic or Latino

11.1%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

French

7.3%

Portuguese

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

Mandarin

2.4%

German

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Russian

1.6%

Greek

1.6%

Swahili

0.8%

Turkish

0.8%

Somali

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Hebrew

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Armenian

0.8%

Kurdish

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%

Venetian

0.8%
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Senior Service Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.8%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

7.4%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.8%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.3%

Saint Louis University-

3.9%

El Paso Community College

3.9%

Ashford University

3.9%

Saint Louis Community College

3.9%

American InterContinental University

3.9%

Walden University

3.9%

Liberty University

3.9%

Capella University

3.9%

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

3.5%

Illinois State University

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Fordham University

3.5%

University of Southern California

3.5%

Strayer University

3.5%

Kaplan University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

24.6%

Nursing

10.9%

Psychology

6.9%

Social Work

6.7%

Health Care Administration

5.9%

Accounting

5.8%

Criminal Justice

5.6%

Management

4.0%

Medical Assisting Services

3.1%

Communication

3.0%

General Studies

2.9%

Human Resources Management

2.7%

Education

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Sociology

2.5%

Finance

2.4%

Human Services

2.3%

Nursing Assistants

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.4%

Other

25.9%

Masters

17.8%

Associate

13.0%

Certificate

5.1%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

1.6%

License

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Senior Service Specialist

MealPreparationProceduresOutstandingCustomerServiceTechnicalAssistanceFinancialTransactionsEnsureComplianceSafetyCompanyPoliciesFacilityPersonalCareDailyLivingPayrollDataEntryCommunityResourcesCarePlansMedicationRemindersMedicaidAuditHealthcarePatientCare

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Top Senior Service Specialist Skills

  1. Meal Preparation
  2. Procedures
  3. Outstanding Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist with light meal preparation.
  • Assessed operational risk by employing bank procedures to ensure the overall effectiveness of internal controls.
  • Trained 50+ employees over six years and provided outstanding customer service in troubleshooting, problem resolution, and decision making.
  • Provision of technical assistance to health care providers in the application and interpretation of regulations for certification.
  • Process financial transactions accurately and efficiently to comply with federal guidelines and standards.

Top Senior Service Specialist Employers