“To say that computers have changed the way we live and work is an understatement.”
Over the last 25 years, the “Technology Revolution” has probably had a greater impact on the world than any other group of events combined.
As a Result of Computers:
- Thousands of jobs have been created over the past 25 years.
- Hundreds of new career paths in the technology field have evolved.
- People have been able to dramatically increase how much they earn and improve their lifestyle because they switched to a job in information technology.
Job Outlook for Computer Careers
If you are considering a career in computers, you are in luck. The information technology field has and continues, even in tough times. If you are new to computers but are not sure what types of jobs are available to “newbies” there is plenty of information around to help you decide.
Consider starting your research with career searches on the Internet (e.g. Google, Yahoo or Bing) this will allow you to explore your options without having to spend any money.
Why Not a Career in Computer Support?
A good area to explore for people who are just starting out is the Computer Support career track. Computer Support jobs goes by many different names:
- Computer Support Specialist
- Help-Desk Analyst
- Help-Desk Technician
- Desktop Technician
- Technology Integrator
- IT Support Rep
Although the job titles and roles will vary slightly, depending on the company you work for and your level of education and experience, they all usually involve providing technical assistance, advice and support to people who are having trouble with their computers.
A career as a Computer support specialist might be worth examining, because according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment is expected to increase faster than average over the next few years.
In 2008, Computer Support Specialists were commanding salaries between $26,580 and $70,750, with the median (middle 50%) earning approximately $45,000. I also want to point out that as your knowledge and experience increases, you can begin to venture out into other IT careers, allowing you to make even more money.
Training and Education Needed
The Technology Revolution
The education needed in order to get a job in the Computer Support Specialist field will vary by company and complexity of the position. Some jobs may only require basic computing skills and a high school diploma. However, the more higher paying jobs may require 3-5 years of experience, a college degree and PC certifications (e.g. A+, CCNA, Network+, MCTS, etc).
Keep in mind, like anything else the better your skill set, the better your chances of landing the job. Also, even after you have gotten into the IT field, you will need to continue to improve or enhance your skills by doing things like obtaining certifications. Certifications demonstrate to people that you have gained a level of proficiency in an area of technology.