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

  • Campus and Online Programs
    1. ITT Technical Institute

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Information Systems and Cybersecurity
      • BS - Information Systems and Cybersecurity
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
      • MSM in Information Technology
      • Master: Information Technology
      • Master: IT/Information Security and Assurance
      • MS in Cybersecurity Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Information Technology in Business
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
      • BSIT: Network Admin
      • BSIT: Database Management
      • BS in Information Technology/Information Security and Assurance
      • BS in Cybersecurity
    Associate's
      • Associate: Information Technology
      • AASIT: Network Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Technology Management
      • MBA: Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Project/Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Business Management and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Public Safety Leadership and Technology Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Information Technology Admin and Management With No Declared Minor or Concentration
      • Bachelor: Technology Management
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Network Management Concentration
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Security Technology Concentration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Information Technology Admin and Management
      • Associate of Science - Technology Studies
    Certificate
      • Networking Systems Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Information Systems
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Business Information Systems
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    5. Lincoln Tech

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Technology and Skilled Trades
  • Campus and Online Programs
    6. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Computer Information Technology Online
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Computer and Information Security
      • PhD in Business Admin - Computer and Information Security
    Master's
      • MBA - Applied Computer Science
      • MBA - Management Information Systems
      • MBA - Computer and Information Security
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Cyber Security with a concentration in IT management
      • MS Information Technology: Healthcare Informatics Concentration
      • MS in Information Technology with a concentration in software application development
      • MS Information Technology
      • MS Information Technology: Game Design and Development
      • MS Information Technology: Internet Security Concentration
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Accounting - Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination
      • BS Information Technologies w/conc in Database Administration
      • BS in Data Analytics
      • BS Game Programming and Development
  • Online Programs Available
    9. University of Delaware

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS Cybersecurity
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Information Technology
      • Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems
      • Bachelor of Science in Applied Business Information Systems
      • B.S. in Computer Programming
      • B.S. in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cyber Security

Featured Schools

ITT Technical Institute

  • BS - Information Systems and Cybersecurity

What year did you graduate from high school?

Kaplan University

  • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
  • BS in Information Technology in Business
  • 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?

Ashford University

  • MBA - Information Systems
  • B.A. - Business Information Systems

What is your highest level of education?

Lincoln Tech

  • Technology and Skilled Trades

Which campus would you like to attend?

Indiana Wesleyan University

  • Associate of Science in Computer Information Technology Online

What is your highest level of education?

Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • MBA - Applied Computer Science
  • MBA - Management Information Systems

What is your highest level of education?

Southern New Hampshire University

  • MS in Cyber Security with a concentration in IT management
  • MS Information Technology: Healthcare Informatics Concentration
  • BS in Accounting - Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination
  • BS Information Technologies w/conc in Database Administration

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