Computer operators

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Computer Operators

Job description:

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

Education and Training requirements:

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree. Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.


Reading Comprehension, Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Problem Identification, Identifying the nature of problems. Speaking, Talking to others to effectively convey information. Operation and Control, Controlling operations of equipment or systems. Monitoring, Assessing how well one is doing when learning or doing something.

Operation Monitoring, Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. Equipment Selection, Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Earnings and Job outlook:

In 2000, the NY annual wage range was between: $25,396.80 - $42,348.80. In 1997, employment for Computer Operators in was: 15,957.

It is anticipated that in the year 2007, employment in this area will number 10,577. There will be a decline of -538 positions annually (-3.38%). In addition, 1,934 jobs per year (12.12%) will become available due to employee turnover.

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