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. 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 - Computer Information Systems: Database Management
      • Bachelor's - Network and Communications 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 - Information Security
      • Grad Certificate - Wireless Communications
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Capella University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA in Information Technology Management
      • PhD: General IT
      • PhD: IT Management
      • PhD: Information Security
    Master's
      • MBA: IT Management
      • MS in General Info Systems and Tech Mgmt
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: IT Project Management
      • Bachelor: General IT
      • Bachelor: Information Assurance and Security
      • BS in Data Management
      • BS in Data Analytics
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSM in Information Technology
      • Master: Information Technology
      • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
      • Master: IT/Information Security and Assurance
    Bachelor's
      • BSIT: Network Admin
      • BSIT: Database Management
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
      • BS in Information Technology/Information Security and Assurance
    Associate's
      • Associate: Information Technology
      • AASIT: Network Admin
      • Associate: Health Information Tech.
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

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

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA: Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Technology Management
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      • MBA Dual Concentration: Project/Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Business Management and Technology Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Information Technology Admin and Management With No Declared Minor or Concentration
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Network Management Concentration
      • Bachelor: Technology Management
      • Bachelor of Science - Technology Management: Information Technology Minor
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Security Technology Concentration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Information Technology Admin and Management
      • Associate of Science - Technology Studies
  • Campus and Online Programs
    6. University of Phoenix

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor: Mgmt/Org. Leadership/Info Systems and Technology
    Master's
      • Master: Information Systems
      • Master: Business Admin/Technology Mgmt
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Information Technology/Information Management
      • Bachelor: Information Technology/Advanced Networking
      • Bachelor: IT/Information Systems Security
      • Bachelor: IT/Web Development
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology - Mobile Development
    Associate's
      • Associate: IT/IT Support
      • Associate: IT/Database Development
      • Associate: Information Technology/Desktop Support
      • Associate: Information Technology
    Certificate
      • Graduate Information Systems Audit and Control Certificate
      • Advanced Cloud Computing Certificate
      • Database Administration Certificate
      • Advanced Information Systems Security Certificate
      • Advanced Networking Certificate
      • Cisco Networking Certificate
  • Campus and Online Programs
    7. ITT Technical Institute

    Program Options

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

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Information Systems
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Business Information Systems
  • Campus and Online Programs
    9. Sanford-Brown

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science - Information Technology
      • Bachelor of Applied Science - Information Technology
      • Bachelor - Information Technology
      • Bachelor of Science - Computer Forensics
      • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Visual Communications: Game Design
      • Bachelor - Web Development
    Associate's
      • Associate - Information Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Baker College Online

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Information Technology and Security
      • Bachelor of Computer Science - Computer Science
      • Bachelor of Web Development
    Associate's
      • Associate of Applied Science - Information Technology Support Specialist
      • Associate of Applied Science - Computer Programming
      • Associate of Applied Science - Web Development
    Certificate
      • Certificate of Web Design

Featured Schools

DeVry University

  • Master's - Network and Communications Management
  • Bachelor's - Computer Information Systems
  • Associate - Network Systems Admin
  • Certificate - Network and Communications Management

What is your classroom preference?

Capella University

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

When would you like to start classes?

Kaplan University

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

Which subject are you interested in?

Southern New Hampshire University

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

What is your highest level of education?

Herzing University

  • MBA: 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?

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?

ITT Technical Institute

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

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Ashford University

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

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