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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)
  • Airborne Electronic Intelligence Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Data Analyst/Administrator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • AN/UYK-65(V) System Operator (SNAP I) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Anti-Submarine Warfare Equipment Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Logistics Information Management System (ALIMS) Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cannon Fire Direction Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Certification Authority Workstation (CAW) Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • ClASSIC WIZARD Analyst (Navy - Enlisted)
  • CLASSIC WIZARD Basic Operator (Navy - 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)
  • 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)
  • Defense Message System (DMS) Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Electronic Warfare Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Electronics Data Systems Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Enhanced Comprehensive Asset Management Systems (ECAMS) Operator (Navy - 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)
  • Information Systems Operator-Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Information Technology Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Analyst (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)
  • LDO - Communications, Submarine (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Information Systems (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Information Warfare (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • 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)/High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • NALCOMIS Application Administrator/Analyst (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Tactical Helicopter (Navy - 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)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer - Information Warfare Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer Billet - Information Professional Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Signals Collector/Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Senior Sergeant/SIGINT Chief (Army - Enlisted)
  • Small Computer Systems Operator/Programmer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • SNAP III Automated Information Systems (AIS) Resource Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Supply Systems Analysis Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Supply Systems Analysis Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Supply Systems Analysis Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Automated Fire Control Systems Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Data Systems Specialist (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/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)
  • 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