What does an IT Specialist do?

As an IT Specialist you will work in positions using computer-based information systems. You will work with both network and software applications and computer hardware. You will design, operate and maintain technology products. You may work with any business, agency or organization that uses technology.

An ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in computer science or engineering with any IT certification and a minimum of 3 years in a similar role. You must be proficient in several programming languages and be experienced in writing code. You will have an expert level proficiency in MS Office Applications, including Project. You will have a previous technical support role and be familiar with a range of software and hardware. You will have a willingness to travel to client sites to complete the work required.

What responsibilities are common for IT Specialist jobs?
  • Meet with prospective clients to determine requirements
  • Engage with clients to define the scope of the project
  • Plan timeline and resources needed for project
  • Travel to client sites
  • Responsible for network management, software development and database administration
  • Define software, hardware and network requirements
  • Identify and resolve project issues
  • Prepare project status reports
What are the typical qualifications for IT Specialist jobs?
  • Any IT certification, required
  • 3+ years of experience in a similar role
  • Proficient in several programming languages
  • Experienced writing code
  • Expert level in Microsoft Office Applications, including Project
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Familiar with a range of software and hardware
  • Previous technical support role
  • Willing to travel to client sites
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

How much does an IT Specialist make?

$72,741 /yr
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IT Specialist Career Path

Learn how to become an IT Specialist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Information Technology Specialist
Senior Information Technology Specialist
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2 - 4
5 - 7
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IT Specialist Insights

Read what IT Specialist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Senior IT Professional
Dec 5, 2022

“Decent raise and if we hit our numbers this year then bonuses will be good.”

Piramal Glass LimitedPiramal Glass Limited
IT Intern
Jan 14, 2023

“Was a great place to work and learn a lot about web development and Data Science”

IT Department
Jan 25, 2022

“Sometimes the fit was not always spot on but when it was the gear was top notch.”

Pacific LifePacific Life
IT Leader
Mar 23, 2023

“everyone I worked with in the last 3 years was amazing and very caring and I really love(d) my time here (leaving soon).”

Tractor SupplyTractor Supply
IT Generalist
Jul 8, 2021

“I felt like the work I did was important and my team and I did it well.”

Ata Freight LineAta Freight Line
Information Technology
Sep 30, 2021

“It's great to be rewarded for good work and to have the opportunity to advance quickly.”

Frankel ZachariaFrankel Zacharia
Information Technology
Feb 20, 2022

“The CPA department are all amazing people and I will truly miss being around them.”

Brady Sullivan PropertiesBrady Sullivan Properties
IT Employee
Mar 16, 2021

“I received regular pay increases and the work was interesting for an entry level job.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an IT Specialist

When working as an IT Specialist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Operating Systems, Attention To Detail, Responses, Security Clearance, and Reviews.

The most similar professions to IT Specialist are:
  • IT Consultant
  • Information Technology Manager
  • IT Analyst
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The most common qualifications to become an IT Specialist include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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