Careers in Technical Support


Looking for an entry level job or internship in technical support? Here's an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have entry level and internship opportunities that will interest you.

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Last night it thundered and poured like crazy, which caused my Internet to go out. That was definitely a problem, because what’s there to do on a rainy Saturday night besides surf the Interwebs? After rebooting my router multiple times failed to work, I gave Time Warner Cable a call. Luckily a lovely Technical Support Specialist was able to help get my Internet up and kicking again, therefore allowing me to carry on my fabulous evening plans. A Technical Support Specialist helps customers troubleshoot when they encounter problems with a technology.

Technical Support Careers

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Technical Support Career Guide Overview

  1. What a Technical Support Specialist Does
  2. A Typical Day for a Technical Support Specialist
  3. Salary and Career Progression for a Technical Support Specialist
  4. Best Locations for Technical Support Specialists
  5. Pros and Cons of Being a Technical Support Specialist
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career in Technical Support
  7. Technical Support Resources
  8. Careers Related to Technical Support
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in Technical Support

What a Technical Support Specialist Does

A Technical Support Specialist deals with troubleshooting and problem solving for customers (or their own company’s staff) by using specialized knowledge for using a technology. Companies often provide tech support to users of their products like mobile phones, televisions, computers, or software products. Rather than providing training or customization, Technical Support Specialists focus on helping users solve specific problems with a product via telephone, email, or online forums.

A Typical Day for a Technical Support Specialist

While a typical day for a Technical Support Specialist may vary, it generally includes some of these tasks:

Salary and Career Progression for a Technical Support Specialist

A Technical Support Specialist makes between $26,094 – $63,935 per year on average. From there you might consider advancing to be a System Administrator, Computer/Network ($32,941-$76,543 on average per year), a Information Technology Manager ($42,229-$125,188 on average per year), or a Network Administrator, IT ($30,992-$70,429 on average per year).

Best Locations for Technical Support Specialists

Here are some great locations for technical support specialists:

Pros and Cons of Being a Technical Support Specialist


What You Need to Know for a Career in Technical Support

To be a Technical Support Specialist you might need a bachelor’s degree in computer science, but there are places where you could also get by without it. More importantly you need to have excellent database management and computer skills. You’ll also need solid communication, written, and customer support skills. And it’s helpful to learn about web technologies, browser-based software, Microsoft Excel, XML, and HTTP/FTP.

Technical Support Resources

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WP Engine - WP Engine is an Austin, TX based company that “host tens of thousands of the 75 million WordPress sites and apps on Earth.”

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PeopleAnswers - PeopleAnswers is a Dallas, TX based company that has developed a web-based assessment tool to provide insight into applicants' future on-the-job capabilities.

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MyWebGrocer - MyWebGrocer is a Winooski, VT based company that provides “leading-edge eCommerce and eMarketing solutions to the grocery and consumer packaged goods industries.”

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The Trust for Public Land - The Trust for Public Land is a San Francisco, CA based org that was “founded in 1972 with goals of protecting land in and around cities and pioneering."

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Youth For Understanding USA - YFU USA is a Bethesda, MD non-profit foreign exchange “committed to preparing young people for their responsibilities and opportunities in a changing world.”

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Olapic - Olapic is a New York, NY based company that provides the technology that allows brands to “collect, curate and display high quality photos" from customers.

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TCP - TCP is an Aurora, OH based company (their world headquarters is in Cham, Switzerland) that calls itself “the home of lighting innovation.”

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adMarketplace - adMarketplace is a New York, NY based company that “delivers data-driven performance to the Internet’s leading marketers through" their search syndication platform.

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Accuweather - Accuweather is based in State College, PA, and they call themselves "the World's Weather Authority." Right now they have some great jobs for new or recent grads

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MakerBot Industries - 3D printing is about to get really big, and MakerBot Industries is at the forefront on the consumer side. Take a look at their job opportunities.

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