Desktop support technicians are usually the first people who are called when something goes wrong with a desktop computer in their company or the company's network. The duties range from remote desktop assistance to providing support over the telephone to troubleshooting issues that arise with computers. Desktop support technicians must prioritize the issues they receive. For example, a computer that completely crashes is usually considered a high priority over someone who can't figure out how to send an email.
Desktop support technicians may also serve other IT department roles such as ensuring that all of the computers in their company's network are backed up, safe and secure. They may also deploy security updates to all the systems in their companies' servers and computers to make sure they are never compromised. In addition, they may be required to show staff members how to use their company's computer programs and networks and how to adhere to security standards.
The educational requirements for desktop support technicians generally include having an associate's or bachelor's degree in the IT field or a related area of study. Certain companies will accept those with a high school diploma or a GED if they have a sufficient amount of work experience in the IT field.
Desktop Support Technician Tasks
- Set up and troubleshoot domains, user accounts and software accounts.
- Configure, test, and troubleshoot network connectivity and wireless access for local and remote computers or devices.
- Add or replace memory, new keyboards, motherboards, and other components.
- Format, install, set up, maintain, and troubleshoot desktop and laptop computers with and for end users.
- Coordinate with vendors to resolve problems.