Computer Support Specialist Course and Career Info Description
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To be a computer support specialist, you can take up any computer-related associate degree. However, most employers prefer those who have a B.S. Computer Science diploma or B.S. Information Systems. BSCS teaches you computer programming and its principles as well as applications, including information theories, software testing, computer architecture, etc. BSIS, on the other hand, teaches you about designing communication systems as well as implementing it. The latter also teaches you about managing and maintaining communication systems.
Cost of Education:
It will cost you anywhere from P110,000 to about P300,000 for the full four-year course if you plan to take up B.S. computer science. B.S. Information Systems, on the other hand, is going to cost you anywhere from P21,000 to P50,000, depending upon the school you’re going to enroll in.
Top Universities for Course:
- Some universities that offer both these courses include University of the East in Manila, Arellano University, STI College, University of the Philippines in Diliman as well as Los Banos and Cebu, Ateneo de Manila University, Cebu Institute of Technology, and De La Sale University.
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Course Skills and Factors
- Observant. You should be able to pay attention even to the smallest details so you can tell when something’s wrong or about to go wrong.
- Analytical mind with strong problem solving skills.
- Communication skills, especially when working with a team.
- Ability and skill to detect when a computer is infected with a computer virus.
- Familiarity with the different types of software applications.
- Comprehension as well as writing skills.
- The main responsibility of a computer support specialist is to aid people in the use of computers. This includes not only providing technical assistance to the computer user, but also providing support and giving advice on how to use the machine. When something goes wrong with the computer, the computer support specialist is responsible for figuring out what went wrong, why it went wrong, and how can the problem be fixed. In addition to these, he is also responsible for making sure that the same problem – be it hardware, software, or operating system problems – will not happen again.
Career Outlook and Global Demand
Because we are relying more and more computers, there will always be a need for computer support specialists locally. This need will only increase as more call center companies as well as BPOs or business process outsourcing companies open in the country. There is also a global demand for these professionals. Some countries hiring Filipino computer support specialists are Malaysia as well as Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
Entry-level computer support specialist typically earns P18,000 to P23,000 each month. This can go up to as much as P28,000 if you have experience and highly-skilled. If you go abroad though, you could earn about $3,700 monthly.
Opportunities for Advancement:
If you want to advance your career, then you need to take up additional formal education and undergo training to become, say for example, software engineer. Continuing education also gives you the opportunity to move up to managerial or supervisory positions.