Computer Operators

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What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Computer Console Operator, Computer Operator, Computer Specialist, Computer Technician, Control Room Operator, Desktop Engineer, Information Technology Associate, Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Operations and Maintenance Technician, Software Technician, Systems Operator

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Computer Operators is projected to Decline 2 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -2.6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #25 in job growth rate
  • 80

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #18 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.6%)
  • Master's degree (6.5%)
  • Bachelor's degree (28%)
  • Associate's degree (12.2%)
  • Some college, no degree (28.3%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (21.8%)
  • Less than high school diploma (2.6%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Operate computers or computerized equipment.
  • Schedule operational activities.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Answer telephones to direct calls or provide information.
  • Maintain office equipment in proper operating condition.
  • Compile data or documentation.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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