Computer Support Service Owners

The owners of computer support services help businesses and individuals install and maintain computer hardware and software. They offer advice on what computers to purchase; they teach how to operate computers or software programs; and they assist with computer problems as they arise. There are approximately 706,000 computer support specialists in the industry, including technicians and entrepreneurs. Computer consultants either work out of their homes, or they rent office space. Though some of their assistance is offered over the phone or online, much of their work is performed on-site.

Quick Facts
Duties Help businesses and individuals install and maintain computer hardware and software; investigate and resolve problems in computer and Internet functioning
Alternate Title(s) Computer Consultants
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Several years of experience
  • Business Management
  • Computer
  • Leadership
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Computer Trainer or Owner of Large Support Service Firm
  • Computer Support Service Owner
  • Computer Support Specialist

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