Systems Setup Specialists

Systems Specialist Installs Hard Drive

Systems setup specialists install new computer systems and upgrade existing ones to meet the specifications of the client. They install hardware, such as memory, sound cards, fax/modems, fans, microprocessors, and systems boards. They also load software and configure the hard drive appropriately. Some systems setup specialists install computer systems at the client's location. Installation might include normal hard drive or network server configurations as well as connecting peripherals such as printers, phones, scanners, modems, and numerous terminals. They might also be involved with technical support in providing initial training to users. Systems setup specialists work for computer manufacturing companies or computer service companies nationwide, or they may be employed as part of the technical support department of many businesses. Systems setup specialists are sometimes called technical support technicians, desktop analyst/specialists, and PC setup specialists.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Desktop Analysts/Specialists, PC Setup Specialists, Technical Support Technicians
Duties Install new computer systems and upgrade existing ones to meet the specifications of the client
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship, or part-time or volunteer experience recommended
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Business Management
  • Computer
  • Math
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Computer Engineer or Consulting Business Owner
  • Manager
  • Systems Setup Specialist
  • Intern