User support technicians (NOC 2282)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum 16.50$
Median 26.41$
Maximum 40.38$
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
10,000
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Occupation related to information and communications technology

Nature of work

Technicians in this group provide first-line technical support to computer users experiencing difficulties with computer hardware and with computer applications and communications software. They are employed by computer hardware manufacturers and retailers, software developers, in call centres and in information technology units throughout the private and public sectors. Technicians in this group are also employed by independent technical support companies or they may be self-employed.

Main duties

  • User support technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Communicate electronically and in person with computer users experiencing difficulties to determine and document problems experienced
  • - Consult user guides, technical manuals and other documents to research and implement solutions
  • - Emulate or reproduce technical problems encountered by users
  • - Continued…
  • - Provide advice and training to users in response to identified difficulties
  • - Provide business systems, network and Internet support to users in response to identified difficulties
  • - Collect, organize and maintain a problems and solutions log for use by other technical support analysts
  • - Participate in the redesign of applications and other software
  • - May supervise other technical support workers in this group.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of a college program in computer science, computer programming or network administration is usually required.
  • * College or other courses in computer programming or network administration are usually required.
  • * Certification or training provided by software vendors may be required by some employers.

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