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Computer Operators - 43-9011.00

O*NET-SOC 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Computer Operator
  • Operations and Maintenance Technician
  • Computer Specialist
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Software Technician
  • Systems Operator
  • Computer Console Operator
  • Computer Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Answer telephone calls to assist computer users encountering problems.
  • Clear equipment at end of operating run and review schedule to determine next assignment.
  • Enter commands, using computer terminal, and activate controls on computer and peripheral equipment to integrate and operate equipment.
  • Help programmers and systems analysts test and debug new programs.
  • Load peripheral equipment with selected materials for operating runs, or oversee loading of peripheral equipment by peripheral equipment operators.
  • Monitor the system for equipment failure or errors in performance.
  • Notify supervisor or computer maintenance technicians of equipment malfunctions.
  • Operate spreadsheet programs and other types of software to load and manipulate data and to produce reports.
  • Oversee the operation of computer hardware systems, including coordinating and scheduling the use of computer terminals and networks to ensure efficient use.
  • Read job set-up instructions to determine equipment to be used, order of use, material such as disks and paper to be loaded, and control settings.
  • Record information such as computer operating time, problems that occurred, and actions taken.
  • Respond to program error messages by finding and correcting problems or terminating the program.
  • Retrieve, separate and sort program output as needed, and send data to specified users.
  • Supervise and train peripheral equipment operators and computer operator trainees.
  • Type command on keyboard to transfer encoded data from memory unit to magnetic tape and assist in labeling, classifying, cataloging and maintaining tapes.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Answer telephones to direct calls or provide information.
  • Compile data or documentation.
  • Develop computer or online applications.
  • Format digital documents, data, or images.
  • Load materials or equipment.
  • Maintain office equipment in proper operating condition.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Operate computers or computerized equipment.
  • Read work orders to determine material or setup requirements.
  • Report maintenance or equipment problems to appropriate personnel.
  • Schedule operational activities.
  • Send information, materials or documentation.
  • Supervise clerical or administrative personnel.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Air Defense (AD) Battle Management System Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Air Defense (AD) Enhanced Early Warning System Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Control Equipment Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Control Radar Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Controller (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Controller-Trainee (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Electronic Intelligence Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Avionics Technician, AV-8B (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Avionics Technician, CH-46 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Avionics Technician, CH-53 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Avionics Technician, F-35B (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Avionics Technician, U/AH-1 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Avionics Technician, V-22 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Communications/Navigation Systems Technician, KC-130 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Radar System Technician, EA-6 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Radar Systems Technician, F/A-18 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Electronic Countermeasures Systems Technician, EA-6B (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Data Analyst/Administrator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Ammunition Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • AN/UYK-65(V) System Operator (SNAP I) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Anti-Submarine Warfare Equipment Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Asia-Pacific Cryptologic Linguist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Aircraft Handling (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Data Analyst (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Electronic Micro/miniature Component and Cable Repair Technician, IMA (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Electronics Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Logistics Information Management System (ALIMS) Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Maintenance Data Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Precision Measurement Equipment (PME) Calibration/Repair Technician, IMA (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Avionics/Maintenance Technician, Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Calibration Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cargo Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Central Asian Cryptologic Linguist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Certification Authority Workstation (CAW) Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • ClASSIC WIZARD Analyst (Navy - Enlisted)
  • CLASSIC WIZARD Basic Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Communication/Navigation/Cryptographic/Countermeasures Systems Technician, IMA (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Communications - Computer Systems Operations Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications - Computer Systems Operations Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications - Computer Systems Operations Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Communications Yeoman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Computer Systems Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Computer/Detection Systems Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence (CI/HUMINT) Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Linguist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Technician Technical (Navy - Enlisted)
  • CV-ASWM Data Processing System Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • CWO - Information Systems Technician (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • CWO - Information Warfare Technician (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Cyber Network Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Defense Message System (DMS) Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager (Army - Enlisted)
  • Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) Intercept Operator/Analyst (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Electronic Warfare Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Electronics Data Systems Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Electronics Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Electronics Technicians (Communication) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Electronics Technicians (Navigation) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Enhanced Comprehensive Asset Management Systems (ECAMS) Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • European Cryptologic Linguist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • F-18 Automated Maintenance Environment Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery (FA) Firefinder Radar Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data System Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Fire Control Man (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Radar Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Sensor Support Man (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Fire Controlman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Fire Support Man (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Fixed-Wing Aircraft Crew Chief, KC-130 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Geographic Intelligence Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Ground Electronics Telecommunications and Information Technology Systems Maintainer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Imagery Analysis Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Information Protection Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Information Services Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Information Systems Operator-Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Information Systems Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Information Systems Technician Submarines (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Information Technology Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Interpreter/Translator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Knowledge Operations Management Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Knowledge Operations Management Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Knowledge Operations Management Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Knowledge Operations Management Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Land Combat Electronic Missile System Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Communications, Submarine (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Information Systems (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Information Warfare (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Planning Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Marine Corps Community Services Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Metrology Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Middle East Cryptologic Linguist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Army - Enlisted)
  • Multi-Tactical Digital Information Link Operator (TADIL) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Operations/Fire Direction Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS)/High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Avionics (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Tactical Helicopter (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Operations Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Personnel Information Systems Management Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Personnel System Management (PSM) Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Personnel System Management (PSM) Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Radar Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Radio and Communications Security (COMSEC) Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System (RTCASS) Technician, IMA (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer - Information Warfare Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer Billet - Information Professional Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Senior Air Traffic Controller (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Ship's Serviceman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Signal Support Systems Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Signals Collector/Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Senior Sergeant/SIGINT Chief (Army - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Small Arms Repairer/Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Small Computer Systems Operator/Programmer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • SNAP III Automated Information Systems (AIS) Resource Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Communication Signals Collection Operator/Analyst (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Special Intelligence System Administrator/Communicator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Supply Systems Analysis Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Supply Systems Analysis Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Supply Systems Analysis Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Operations/Air Defense Systems Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Data Systems Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Data Systems Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Multi-Sensor Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Network Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Support Center (TSC) Data Processing System Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Systems Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Systems Operator/Mission Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Tactical/Mobile (TacMobile) Operations Control (OPCON) Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Tactical/Mobile Tactical Operations Center Analyst (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Telecommunications Computer Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Telecommunications Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Maintenance Support Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • URL - Surface Warfare (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Voyage Management System Operator (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Computer Operator
  • Computer Peripheral Equipment Operator

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Computer Operator
  • Computer Peripheral Equipment Operator
  • Digitizer Operator