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

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Purdue University Global

  • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
  • BS in IT - IT Management
  • AASIT: Network Admin

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Grand Canyon University

  • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • B.S. in Information Technology
  • B.S. in Computer Programming

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Saint Leo University

  • BS: Computer Information Systems
  • BS: Computer Science
  • AA: Information Technology
  • AA: Cybersecurity

What is your highest level of education completed?

Regent University

  • M.S. in Cybersecurity - Cybersecurity Policy
  • M.S. in Cybersecurity - Cybersecurity Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Information Technology

What is your highest level of education completed?

Georgetown University

  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management

What is your highest level of education completed?

Colorado State University Global

  • Master - Information Technology Management
  • BS - Information Technology
  • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security

What is your highest level of education?

The George Washington University

  • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Technology Leadership

What is your highest level of education?

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

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