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. Strayer University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. in Information Systems: IT Project Management
      • M.S. in Information Systems: Computer Security Management Concentration
      • M.S. in Information Systems: Software Engineering Management Concentration
      • Master of Science in Information Assurance
      • M.S. in Information Systems: Computer Forensics Management
      • M.S. in Information Systems: Enterprise Network Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Information Systems: IT Project Management
      • B.S. in Information Technology: Enterprise Security Technology
      • B.S. in Information Technology: Networking Technology
      • B.S. in Information Technology: Database Technology
      • B.S. in Information Systems: Technology Management
      • B.S. in Information Technology: Web Development Technology
    Associate's
      • Associate in Arts in Information Technology
      • Associate in Arts in Information Systems
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSM in Information Technology
      • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
      • Master: Information Technology
      • Master: IT/Information Security and Assurance
      • Master: Information Technology/Business Intelligence
    Bachelor's
      • BSIT: Network Admin
      • BSIT: Database Management
      • BSIT/Applied Technology Track
      • BSIT/Information Systems Track
      • BSIT: Information Security and Forensics
    Associate's
      • Associate: Information Technology
      • AASIT: Network Admin
      • Associate: Health Information Tech.
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Information Systems
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Business Information Systems
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS Information Technology: Healthcare Informatics Concentration
      • MS Information Technology
      • MS Information Technology: Internet Security Concentration
      • MS Information Technology: Game Design and Development
      • MS Information Technology: Web Design Concentration
      • MS in Data Analytics
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Computer Information Technology - Concentration in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
      • BS in Accounting - Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination
      • BA in Computer Information Technology
      • BS in Business Studies - Information Tech
      • BS in Technical Management
      • BS in Data Analytics
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Technology Management
      • MBA: Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and 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
      • Bachelor of Science - Technology Management: Information Technology Minor
      • 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
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Capella University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA in Information Technology Management
      • PhD: General IT
      • PhD: IT Management
      • PhD: Information Security
    Master's
      • MBA: IT Management
      • Master: Information Assurance and Security
      • MS in General Info Systems and Tech Mgmt
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: IT Project Management
      • Bachelor: General IT
      • Bachelor: Information Assurance and Security
  • Campus and Online Programs
    7. ITT Technical Institute

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Information Systems Security
      • Bachelor: Technical Project Management
      • Bachelor - Information Technology
    Associate's
      • Associate: IT - Multimedia
      • Associate: IT - Computer Network Systems
      • Associate: Health Information Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Florida Tech University Online

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Information Technology Mgmt
      • MS Information Technology
      • MS Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
      • MS Information Technology in Cybersecurity
    Bachelor's
      • BA Business Admin Computer Information Systems
      • BS Computer Info Systems
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Computer Information Systems
    Certificate
      • Mini MBA Certificate/Information Technology Mgmt
      • Certificate/Info Assurance and Cybersecurity
  • Campus and Online Programs
    9. DeVry University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master's - Network and Communications Management
      • Master's - Business Admin: Network and Communications Management
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor's - Computer Information Systems
      • Bachelor's - Technical Management
      • Bachelor's - Network and Communications Management
      • Bachelor's - Computer Information Systems: Database Management
      • Bachelor's - Computer Information Systems: Enterprise Computing
      • Bachelor's - Computer Information Systems: Web Development and Admin
    Associate's
      • Associate - Network Systems Admin
      • Associate - Electronics and Computer Technology
    Certificate
      • Certificate - Network and Communications Management
      • Grad Certificate - Wireless Communications
      • Grad Certificate - Information Security
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Walden University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD: Management - Info. Systems Mgmt (Course-based)
    Master's
      • Master: Managing Global Software & Service Supply Chains
      • Master: Business Information Mgmt
      • Master: Enterprise Info. Security
      • Master of Business Admin (MBA) - Technology Management
      • Master: IT Strategy & Governance
      • Master of Information Systems Management (MIS) - Healthcare Informatics

Featured Schools

Strayer University

  • M.S. in Information Systems: IT Project Management
  • B.S. in Information Systems: IT Project Management
  • Associate in Arts in Information Technology

What is your highest level of education?

Kaplan University

  • MSM in Information Technology
  • BSIT: Network Admin
  • Associate: Information Technology

Which subject are you interested in?

Ashford University

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

What is your highest level of education?

Southern New Hampshire University

  • MS Information Technology: Healthcare Informatics Concentration
  • MS Information Technology
  • BS in Computer Information Technology - Concentration in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
  • BS in Accounting - Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination

What is your highest level of education?

Herzing University

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

What is your highest level of education?

Capella University

  • DBA in Information Technology Management
  • MBA: IT Management
  • Bachelor: IT Project Management

When would you like to start classes?

ITT Technical Institute

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

What year did you graduate from high school?

Florida Tech University Online

  • MBA Information Technology Mgmt
  • BA Business Admin Computer Information Systems
  • Associate of Science in Computer Information Systems
  • Mini MBA Certificate/Information Technology Mgmt

What is your highest level of education?