On the Job
Computer Operators work with computers and data processing equipment to process all types of data according to instructions. They may watch for error messages. They may also enter computer commands.
This career requires good eyesight.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Format digital documents, data, or images.
- Operate computers or computerized equipment.
- Read work orders to determine material or setup requirements.
- Report maintenance or equipment problems to appropriate personnel.
- Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
- Compile data or documentation.
- Schedule operational activities.
- Answer telephones to direct calls or provide information.
- Develop computer or online applications.
- Maintain operational records.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Working with a group or team.
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