IT Support Specialist

Career Diploma 7-11 mo
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IT support specialist training

If you love working with computers and want to start a career in IT, our online IT Support Specialist Career Diploma can help you prepare to take the next steps toward the job you want today. Through flexible online classes that cover information technology skills ranging from customer support to networking and security, you can build the knowledge to qualify for an entry-level IT job on your schedule, from home.

  • IT Support Specialist Training can prepare students for entry-level jobs as computer support specialists, IT support specialists, or IT Helpdesk Technicians.
  • Online computer courses cover foundational hardware and software skills used to build, install, configure and troubleshoot computer systems.
  • Your course content is aligned to CompTIA A+ Certification exam objectives.
  • Prepares students to sit for the CompTIA A+ certification exams after graduation. CompTIA is the gold standard for establishing a career as an IT professional and supports today’s core technologies from security to cloud to data management.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to solve basic computer problems and define the differences between a virus, worm, and a Trojan horse, and identify the types of threats against a computer system.
  2. How to identify various operating systems along with their characteristics, features, discuss the processes required to install hardware and software using Windows® and Mac® operating systems.
  3. How to identify the tools and test equipment associated with IT support activities, know how hardware and software work together in the operation of a PC, and outline the process for assembling a personal computer.
  4. How to recognize a failed power supply and how to replace it, as well as describe a multimeter and its functions.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

IT Support Specialist Career Outcomes

Computer Support Specialist

AVG SALARY*

$55,510/yr

NUMBER OF JOBS*

882,300

JOB GROWTH*

8%


Our online IT Support Specialist Career Diploma can help students prepare for IT and computer supports jobs in a variety of industries. After graduating, students will also be prepared to sit for CompTIA certification exams, which can help them stand out from other job applicants.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in IT are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

IT Support Specialist Success Stories

Penn Foster’s IT Support Specialist Career Diploma can help you prepare to take the first steps toward a career in IT. This program has helped recent graduates find new jobs or start their own businesses while learning at their own pace. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Kimmie J.

2020 IT Support Specialist Graduate

"Penn Foster has really helped me in my position. Just the learning tools they have given me and the information that I have learned throughout the years of being with Penn Foster has really prepared me mentally when it comes to my position."

IT Support Specialist Training Curriculum

  • 5 courses
  • 48.8 continuing education units (CEUs)

In our IT Support Specialist Diploma, you'll build the fundamental skills and knowledge that can help you prepare to qualify for a career as a computer support or IT support specialist. Your online IT courses include:


  • Workplace Skills for IT Support Specialists
  • Computing Hardware, Networking and Mobile Devices
  • Operating Systems and Computer Security
  • Network Protocols and Internetworking

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IT Support Specialist Training Tuition

Take the first steps toward a new career with our online IT Support Specialist Training. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today!

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Our Proven IT Support Specialist Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals

Flexible

  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced

Interactive

  • Digital study guides
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Simulations and videos

Connected

  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online Student Community
  • Student Portal Help Center

Supportive

  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources

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IT Support Specialist Program FAQs

What is the average salary for a worker within IT?

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average salary for a computer support or IT support specialist was $55,510 per year in 2020.* Salary can vary based on education, work experience, the company you work for, and the state in which you live.

Is Information Technology an in-demand career?

The demand for skilled computer support specialists and IT support specialists is expected to grow 8%, much faster than average, adding 67,300 new jobs by 2029.* As more companies rely on technology to perform day-to-day tasks, they'll rely on skilled specialists to upgrade their computer equipment and software. Additionally, there may be future job opportunities in healthcare for computer support specialists as the industry continues to expand its use of and reliance on technology.

What are the average duties of an IT support specialist?

Computer support specialists or IT support specialists provide help and advice to computer users and organizations. These specialists either support computer networks or they provide technical assistance directly to computer users through a help desk. On a day-to-day basis, support specialists could be expected to provide computer and software support to other employees, track and respond to requests using ticket-tracking software or applications, maintain and upgrade network systems, and oversee company data.

What education do you need to be an IT specialist?

With a wide variety of jobs available in IT, the education you need to work in the field can vary based on which jobs and companies you're interested in. To become an IT support specialist, you'll need to have computer knowledge and excellent problem-solving skills, but not necessarily a degree. You can often qualify for the position through documented training, like in our IT Support Specialist Career Diploma, industry-recognized certification, and work experience. More in-depth or technical IT positions could require an associate or bachelor's degree to qualify for the job.

Disclaimers:
The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.



Sources:

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Computer Support Specialists." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed May 20, 2021.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.