What does a Service Desk Specialist do?

Service desk analysts are information professionals who help users resolve their issues with computer hardware and software. By responding to user inquiries, they assess problems and issues with IT equipment and applications and help provide the most accessible solutions to resolve user issues. They work closely with other IT department personnel and assist with tasks outside the scope of their knowledge and expertise.

Service desk analysts ask questions to determine the full scope of the user’s issue; whenever possible, they directly resolve technical issues as they arrive. If they cannot resolve the issue independently or with the end-user, they escalate a request to a higher-level IT support specialist. They document inquiries and provide supervisors or specialists with notes regarding the problem, steps they have taken, and their diagnosis of the user’s problem. They maintain detailed records of user issues with software and hardware, which helps diagnose and repair more complex cases and provide IT departments with data regarding recurring issues and problems. Service desk analysts need at least an associate's degree in computer science or information systems.

What responsibilities are common for Service Desk Specialist jobs?
  • Provide daily network status reports to the operations team.
  • Create monthly metrics and reporting of service desk tickets.
  • Provide direction on IT support issues, and keep appropriate staff informed of issues or concerns.
  • Receive, manage and help to resolve online, chat and phone initiated technical issues and inquiries.
  • Escalate issues to appropriate teams as necessary.
  • Troubleshoot independently and resolve certain levels of IT support issues.
  • Develop standard operating processes and procedures to promotes consistency.
  • Receive, prioritize, document and actively resolve end user help requests and Incidents.
  • Analyze IT incident reports and service requests to identify trends.
What are the typical qualifications for Service Desk Specialist jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business or computer science.
  • Significant
  • Advanced computer literacy skills.
  • Ability to adapt to a range of operating systems.
  • Productive in a cloud-based environment.
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How much does a Service Desk Specialist make?

Confident
$52,715 /yr
Total Pay
$49,423
 /yr

Base Pay

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$3,292
 /yr

Additional Pay

$52,715

 / yr
$38K$74K
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Service Desk Specialist Career Path

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Service Desk Specialist

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
47%
2 - 4
31%
5 - 7
1%
8+
21%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Service Desk Specialist Insights

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NorthwestelNorthwestel
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Jan 14, 2021

“Bad management within the department I worked I experienced inequality and horizontal violence to its fullest.”

Ergo GroupErgo Group
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Oct 29, 2020

“The staff are great to work and the social aspect of working is second to none.”

PerrigoPerrigo
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Mar 21, 2022

“Not very many growth opportunities in Perrigo Mexico ( I can't say the same about Perrigo US).”

ComputacenterComputacenter
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Nov 23, 2020

“I think the training is nice to have but not professionally accepted standard IT training.”

BlueRock TechnologiesBlueRock Technologies
Service Desk Analyst
Dec 2, 2022

“Not once did I receive any communication that would have let me know that there was an issue.”

Tata Consultancy ServicesTata Consultancy Services
Service Desk Analyst
Aug 18, 2021

“I've worked for TATA for the past 2 years and I do believe there is some really good opportunities in here.”

Acora IT Managed ServicesAcora IT Managed Services
Service Desk Analyst
Mar 14, 2022

“Too much focus on stats but not looking at underlying issues such as sitting with team or going to visit clients to work better.”

NtivaNtiva
Service Desk Technician
Jun 24, 2021

“Good luck affording anywhere to live in the DC area on the offered base pay at the bottom end of the pay scale.”

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