As a help desk specialist, your primary responsibilities are to troubleshoot issues with computer hardware, peripherals, and software, and to provide general IT assistance. Your job duties will vary depending on your employer. You may offer help desk support services to employees within your company, either over the phone, in person, or online via trouble tickets. You might work directly with customers through a help desk hotline, talking them through step-by-step solutions to problems they encounter using your company’s product. As a help desk specialist at a school, you may work with educators and students to troubleshoot issues with educational software.