Information Technology (IT) Specialist

Information Technology (IT) Specialist

Information technology (IT) specialists serve as support to branch offices and administrative offices in all phases of technology used by employees. They assist in administering and maintaining technical infrastructure that includes but is not limited to: customer servers, switches, routers, desktops, laptops and networks where applicable, as needed to support technical services systems and IT structure.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Assist in administering and maintaining technical infrastructure
  • Assist in administering and maintaining security, hardware and applications
  • Administer and maintain virtualization technologies
  • Assist in the development of innovative new technologies
  • Research and test new technologies for implementation
  • Perform maintenance and troubleshooting on company devices
  • Ensure devices are secure from cyber threats
  • Install and support software programs
  • Provide training and support to employees
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, computer skills, computer science, mathematics and coding.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science or related field is required.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Most companies both large and small have IT specialists to maintain employee computers, mobile devices and company computing systems.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals
  • Network Professionals Association
  • CompTIA 
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$53,000
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