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Computer Operators

Also called: Computer Operator, Computer Specialist, Control Room Operator, Operations and Maintenance Technician

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What 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.
On the job, you would:
  • Enter commands, using computer terminal, and activate controls on computer and peripheral equipment to integrate and operate equipment.
  • Oversee the operation of computer hardware systems, including coordinating and scheduling the use of computer terminals and networks to ensure efficient use.
  • Monitor the system for equipment failure or errors in performance.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Operating system software
  • Job control language JCL Hot Technology
  • Linux Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
  • Structured query language SQL Hot Technology
Backup or archival software
  • Data3 ENGUARD
  • Veritas NetBackup Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$44,270
$25,860
$64,050
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