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Working As A Systems Trainer

  • 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 Systems Trainer 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 Systems Trainer

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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Systems Trainer Career Paths

Systems Trainer
Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Training Consultant Training Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Technical Consultant Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Trainer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Development Manager Information Technology Consultant
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Trainer Technician Technical Support Specialist
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Training Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Sales Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Operations Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Training Consultant Project Manager Product Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Business Analyst Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Systems Trainer Demographics

Gender

Male

52.0%

Female

46.4%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

82.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.1%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.8%

Carrier

9.7%

German

6.5%

Russian

6.5%

Arabic

6.5%

Kurdish

3.2%

Persian

3.2%

French

3.2%

Thai

3.2%

Italian

3.2%
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Systems Trainer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.3%

Community College of the Air Force

9.6%

University of Maryland - University College

6.7%

Florida State University

5.2%

George Mason University

5.2%

Troy University

4.4%

Northern Illinois University

4.4%

Central Texas College

4.4%

Wayland Baptist University

3.7%

Nova Southeastern University

3.7%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.7%

American InterContinental University

3.7%

Bellevue University

3.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.7%

Capella University

3.7%

Brigham Young University

3.0%

Michigan State University

3.0%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.0%

Ashford University

3.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.0%
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Majors

Business

28.8%

Management

6.7%

Nursing

5.4%

Human Resources Management

5.2%

Computer Science

5.0%

Communication

4.8%

Information Technology

4.6%

Education

4.4%

Elementary Education

4.4%

Computer Information Systems

4.4%

Psychology

3.6%

Health Care Administration

3.3%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Marketing

3.1%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Political Science

2.3%

English

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Electrical Engineering

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.2%

Masters

24.1%

Other

19.0%

Associate

9.0%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

1.8%

License

0.6%

Diploma

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Systems Trainer

PersonnelProceduresTrainingProgramsTrainingSystemTrainingMaterialsCustomerServiceEntryDatabaseAhltaTrainingSessionsTechnicalSupportWindowsChcsLearningManagementSystemNewSystemTrainingClassesERPFacilityDODElectronicTrainingManuals

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Top Systems Trainer Skills

  1. Personnel
  2. Procedures
  3. Training Programs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Communicated succinctly with field personnel and customers.
  • Conducted presentations on new polices and procedures for education departments.
  • Designed and conducted company training programs.
  • Developed Statements of Work for training system projects and subsequent contracted operations and maintenance support for ranges and devices.
  • Maintain as current all user guides, training materials, programmer's manuals and help system.

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