Computer Operators

General Information

Description

Monitor and control electronic computer and peripheral electronic data processing equipment to process business, scientific, engineering, and other data according to operating instructions. Monitor and respond to operating and error messages. May enter commands at a computer terminal and set controls on computer and peripheral devices.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Computer Systems Design and Related Services
  • Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises
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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$45,630

State-by-state Salary

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$57,650
$19,090
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 36%
  • High school 24%
  • Associate's degree 22%
  • Post-secondary certificate 9%
  • Some college 8%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Computers and Electronics
  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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