Systems Setup Specialists


Systems Setup Specialists


Systems setup specialists install new computer systems and upgrade existing ones to meet the specifications of the client. They install hardware, such as memory, sound cards, fax/modems, fans, microprocessors, and systems boards. They also load software and configure the hard drive appropriately. Some systems setup specialists install computer systems at the client's location. Installation might include normal hard drive or network server configurations as well as connecting peripherals such as printers, phones, scanners, modems, an...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



Internship, or part-time or volunteer experience recommended



Business Management


Personality Traits

Hands On


According to, the average annual salary for technical support specialists in September 2020 was $51,510. Salaries ranged from $36,000 to more than $80,000. 

Most full-time setup specialists work for companies that provide a full range of benefits, including health insurance, sick leave, and paid vacation. In addition, many employers offer tuition reimbursement programs to em...

Work Environment

Systems setup specialists work primarily indoors, in a comfortable environment. This is not a desk job; specialists move around a lot either in the lab or at the client site. Travel to client locations is required for many setup specialists. The work also requires some lifting of heavy machinery, which can be avoided if an individual physically cannot perform this task. Given the nature of the ...


Industry experts predict that demand for systems setup specialists will grow much faster than the average for all other occupations. The coronavirus pandemic has caused many businesses to work remotely, with a growing number of employees working from their homes. This has caused a surge in laptop and computer systems purchases, and with that an increased need for setup specialists. The U.S. Dep...