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Computer Operators
(SOC Code : 43-9011)
in California

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. Exclude "Data Entry Keyers" (43-9021).

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Moderate-term on-the-job training (1-12 months) .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20171st Qtr$23.85$17.94$23.86$28.90

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
California 2014 - 20244,8004,300-500-10.440

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Computer Systems Design and Rel Services9,2308.5%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,5895.7%
Data Processing and Related Services 3,6224.8%
Employment Services 5,4484.7%
Activities Rel to Credit Intermediation 1,7264.7%
Office Administrative Services 2,0303.8%
Business Support Services 5,7503.7%
Other Professional & Technical Services 20,5993.4%
Colleges and Universities 2,9742.9%
Grocery Stores 15,1272.5%
Elementary and Secondary Schools 18,4192.3%
Warehousing and Storage 1,7042.2%
Automobile Dealers 7,9952.1%
Depository Credit Intermediation 9,7932.0%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,3782.0%
Insurance Agencies, Brokerages & Support29,9721.7%
Insurance Carriers 3,5121.6%
Grocery Product Merchant Wholesalers 4,3061.4%
Management & Technical Consulting Svc 26,6321.3%
Offices of Physicians 43,9471.2%
Accounting and Bookkeeping Services 21,5311.0%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician

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About This Occupation (from O*NET - The Occupation Information Network)[Top]
Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Enter commands, using computer terminal, and activate controls on computer and peripheral equipment to integrate and operate equipment.
Monitor the system for equipment failure or errors in performance.
Respond to program error messages by finding and correcting problems or terminating the program.
Notify supervisor or computer maintenance technicians of equipment malfunctions.
Answer telephone calls to assist computer users encountering problems.
Record information such as computer operating time, problems that occurred, and actions taken.
Operate spreadsheet programs and other types of software to load and manipulate data and to produce reports.
Retrieve, separate and sort program output as needed, and send data to specified users.
Help programmers and systems analysts test and debug new programs.
Oversee the operation of computer hardware systems, including coordinating and scheduling the use of computer terminals and networks to ensure efficient use.

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Top Skills used in this Job
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.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Time Management - Managing one`s own time and the time of others.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

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