Computer Operator: Career Diploma Summary

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Need to update your skills to become more indispensable as a computer operator? With a Career Diploma as a Computer Operator, you will gain coursework experience in word processing software, computer console controls, and scheduling tasks. Read more below for information on obtaining this diploma.
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Why Earn a Diploma as a Computer Operator?

In an increasingly competitive job market, employers are developing stricter requirements for job applicants, and education is required for many jobs. Earning a Computer Operator Diploma will help to ensure that your resume attracts an employer's attention.

Career Possibilities

Occupational Outlook and Demand for Computer Operators

Although positions will become available as older workers need to be replaced in this occupation, the overall outlook for computer operators is disappointing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics actually reports that employment of computer operators is quickly declining.

Salary Information for Computer Operators

On average, individuals employed as computer operators report average earnings of $31,947 per year, according to Salary.com.

Degree Specifics

Coursework Requirements for Computer Operators

Students in a computer operators diploma program learn how to maintain and operate computer hardware and the associated peripherals. They may be required to complete courses such as:

  • Concepts of Computer Literacy
  • Software Applications
  • Hardware and Software Configuration
  • Data Entry/Keyboarding
  • Introduction to Operating Systems

Skills Learned for Computer Operators

Computer operators may find themselves working as part of a team or completely on their own. Either way, they need to possess good computer and troubleshooting skills. In addition, they may need to have the following skills:

  • Monitor a mainframe computer and interconnected equipment
  • Report problems with terminals, printers, and storage devices
  • Reconfigure failed systems
  • Set up and schedule computing and printing jobs

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Kaplan University

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    2. Herzing University

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    3. University of Phoenix

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    4. San Joaquin Valley College

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    Certificate
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    5. Southern New Hampshire University

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    6. ITT Technical Institute

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    7. Baker College Online

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    8. Full Sail University

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    Certificate
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    Bachelor's
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Featured Schools

Kaplan University

  • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Associate: Information Technology

Which subject are you interested in?

Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Technology Management
  • B.S. - Information Technology Admin and Management With No Declared Minor or Concentration
  • Associate of Science - Information Technology Admin and Management
  • Networking Systems Certificate

What is your highest level of education?

University of Phoenix

  • Doctor: Mgmt/Org. Leadership/Info Systems and Technology
  • Master: Information Systems
  • Bachelor: Information Technology/Information Management
  • Associate: IT/IT Support
  • Graduate Information Systems Audit and Control Certificate

Do you prefer online or campus based learning?

San Joaquin Valley College

  • Information Technology
  • Computer Systems Administration

Do you prefer online or campus based learning?

Southern New Hampshire University

  • MS Information Technology: Healthcare Informatics Concentration
  • MS Information Technology
  • BA in Computer Information Technology
  • BS in Accounting - Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination

What is your highest level of education?

ITT Technical Institute

  • Bachelor: Technical Project Management
  • Bachelor: Information Systems Security
  • Associate: IT - Computer Network Systems
  • Associate: Health Information Technology

What year did you graduate from high school?

Baker College Online

  • Bachelor of Information Technology and Security
  • Bachelor of Computer Science - Computer Science
  • Associate of Applied Science - Computer Programming
  • Associate of Applied Science - Web Development

When do you plan to begin your studies?

Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Game Design

What is your highest level of education?