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

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    1. DeVry University

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    Master's
      • Master's - Network and Communications Management
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      • Associate - Network Systems Admin
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    2. Herzing University

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    Master's
      • MBA: Technology Management
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      • B.S. - Information Technology Admin and Management With No Declared Minor or Concentration
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    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Information Technology Admin and Management
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    3. Capella University

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    Doctorate
      • PhD: General IT
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      • Bachelor: IT Project Management
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    4. Walden University

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    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Information Technology (D.I.T.) - Post-Master Entry
      • PhD: Management - Info. Systems Mgmt (Course-based)
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      • Master: Business Information Mgmt
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      • Master: Managing Global Software & Service Supply Chains
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  • Online Programs Available
    5. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Information Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Northcentral University

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    Doctorate
      • PhD in Business Admin - Computer and Information Security
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    Master's
      • MBA - Applied Computer Science
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    7. Full Sail University

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    Master's
      • Master of Science - Game Design
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design

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    Certificate
      • Certificate: Education, Leadership & Emerging Technology
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    9. Baker College Online

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Information Technology and Security
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      • Associate of Applied Science - Information Technology Support Specialist
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    Certificate
      • Certificate of Web Design
  • Campus and Online Programs
    10. Sanford-Brown

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science - Information Technology
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    Associate's
      • Associate - Information Technology

Featured Schools

DeVry University

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

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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

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Capella University

  • PhD: General IT
  • MBA: IT Management
  • Bachelor: IT Project Management

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Walden University

  • Doctor of Information Technology (D.I.T.) - Post-Master Entry
  • PhD: Management - Info. Systems Mgmt (Course-based)
  • Master: Business Information Mgmt
  • Master: Enterprise Info. Security

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Colorado State University Global

  • BS - Information Technology

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Northcentral University

  • PhD in Business Admin - Computer and Information Security
  • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • MBA - Applied Computer Science
  • MBA - Management Information Systems

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Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Game Design

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Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design

  • Certificate: Education, Leadership & Emerging Technology

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