Desktop SupportJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

The vast majority of jobs in the 21st century can’t be done without a computer, and when employees have an issue with theirs, a desktop support technician is there to come to the rescue. A desktop support technician provides technical support and troubleshooting help to users with their IT hardware and software. They help get IT equipment back up and running to keep the business operating smoothly.

Strong communication skills are vital for a desktop support technician, as they have to clearly provide instructions to colleagues and clients with varying levels of technical expertise about how to solve technical issues. A desktop support technician can either be remote, working to support customers who have purchased particular IT products, or on-site, working to assist employees in a specific organization with their IT issues.

Desktop support technicians must have an in-depth knowledge of computer hardware and software to properly assist clients and users. Also, some desktop support technicians are called upon to assist with groundwork, installation, and maintenance of computer equipment and other IT hardware.

Sample job description #1

Currently seeking a Desktop Support Specialist that will be responsible for troubleshooting hardware, software, and networking issues for the company.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as the initial contact for reporting of technical issues and answering questions regarding software, hardware, and/or network issues
  • Accurately diagnose and resolve technical issues
  • Effectively escalate issues to the appropriate resources when necessary
  • Clearly and thoroughly document requests for assistance in our ticket management system, and track incidents through to resolution/escalation
  • Ability to prioritize work and exercise good judgement while managing multiple tasks

Qualifications

  • At least 4 years experience in a technical support or helpdesk role
  • Proficiency with current Windows OS
  • Experience with Active Directory and Exchange
  • Experience with O365 Administration and Troubleshooting
  • Knowledge and experience supporting, troubleshooting, and configuring PC Hardware
  • End-User desktop support, mobile device support, email support, phone support, etc.

Sample job description #2

This position is responsible for responding to, diagnosing, and troubleshooting problems through interaction with our internal clients to restore service. Position requires individuals to interact with internal clients closely, diplomatically, and technically. Strong interpersonal and communicational skills are required. Candidates must be self-starters who possess the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent communication skills and a commitment to providing the highest quality client service are strongly preferred.

Essential duties

  • Provide operational technical support to clients relating to firm equipment
  • Manage ongoing maintenance and deployment of new hardware and software for device life cycle
  • Monitor and update service requests and incidents within the IT Service Management (ITSM) tool
  • Provide on-site service support, installation, and configuration with PCs, smart devices, telephony, and network solutions
  • Act as an escalation point to Tier 1 group regarding any application – or hardware – related inquiry or issues relating to Microsoft Office, Windows OS, Citrix-based solutions, and smart devices
  • Imaging of desktop and laptop computers—knowledge of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is a plus
  • Provide setup, configuration, and troubleshooting of video conferences for internal and external meetings
  • Prepare workstations, including the setup and configuration of laptops and desktops
  • Interface with hardware vendors to facilitate repair and installation
  • Continually evaluate opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness when resolving issues

Experiences and skills required

  • B.A./B.S. in related field or equivalent education/experience to provide necessary skills to perform primary responsibilities
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure, and handle interruptions while maintaining flexibility in work assignments
  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact with diverse personalities while maintaining a professional attitude
  • Ability to lift and/or move computer equipment and boxes
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows OS and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to maintain professional communication by phone, email, and in person with lawyers, administration, support staff, and IT staff
  • A + Certification preferred
  • Knowledge of Cisco video conference solutions a plus
  • Prior experience working for a professional service organization preferred

Sample job description #3

The position requires the individual to act independently using these skills, experiences, and training to resolve client issues. Duties include hardware and software installation and deployment of PCs and peripherals, with a focus on Apple devices, OS, and applications.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain all necessary hardware and software inventories for all corporate devices
  • Configure iTunes for successful profile and library synchronization, including playlists and content
  • Answer helpdesk phone calls to assist clients
  • Support and maintain user account information including rights, security, and systems groups
  • Setup, configure, and provide maintenance to corporate devices
  • Document, maintain, upgrade, and replace hardware and software systems for desktop and peripheral equipment
  • Maintain, analyze, troubleshoot, and repair computer systems, hardware and computer peripherals, including mobile devices

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related course of study
  • At least 5 years of experience with Apple hardware and software in an IT Technical support role
  • JAMF administration and use for centralized management of Macs
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook)
  • Active Directory User/Computer Account Administration
  • Mobile Device support knowledge (Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.)
  • ACMT and/or ACiT Certifications or equivalent experience
  • Apple device and Windows OS hardware and OS knowledge

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for desktop support is $44,700 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$44,450$60,150 
Los Angeles, California$50,150$67,850 
Denver, Colorado$41,800 $56,550 
Washington, DC$50,900 $68,900
Miami, Florida$41,600 $56,300 
Orlando, Florida$38,400 $51,950 
Tampa, Florida$38,750 $52,450 
Atlanta, Georgia$40,650 $55,000 
Chicago, Illinois$46,750 $63,250 
Boston, Massachusetts$50,550$68,350
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$40,200 $54,500 
New York City, New York$53,200 $71,50 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$43,300 $58,600 
Dallas, Texas$42,200 $57,050 
Houston, Texas$41,800 $56,550 
Seattle, Washington$48,650 $65,800 
National Average$38,000 $51,400 

Sample interview questions

  • What are the responsibilities of a desktop support specialist?
  • What is your troubleshooting process?
  • How do you start Windows OS in safe mode?
  • Can you describe a time when you were not able to resolve a technical problem yourself? How did you handle the situation?
  • Which OS are you most comfortable working with?
  • What is the Active Directory and what is it used for?
  • What is a default gateway and why is it necessary?
  • How would you convert a hard disk into a dynamic hard disk?
  • What is the difference between the MSI file and exe file?
  • How would you recover the data on a system that is infected by a virus?
  • What is the difference between permission, rights, and policy?
  • What is the difference between incremental backup and differential backup?
  • How would you solve an issue where a user’s monitor is not working? 
  • What steps would you take to troubleshoot a system that is running very slow?
  • How does DHCP work?
  • What is the difference between reverse DNS lookup and forward DNS lookup?
  • What is the difference between serial and parallel ports?
  • How would you handle an irritated customer?
  • Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  • How do you handle pressure at work?

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