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Occupational Report for Computer Operators (43-9011) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Monitor and control electronic computer and peripheral electronic data processing equipment to process business, scientific, engineering, and other data according to operating instructions. Monitor and respond to operating and error messages. May enter commands at a computer terminal and set controls on computer and peripheral devices. Excludes "Computer Occupations" (15-1100) and "Data Entry Keyers" (43-9021).

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Employment Outlook for Computer Operators
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was at about the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat lower than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. Employment in this occupation is expected to decline in this region between 2012 and 2022.

Despite declining employment, limited employment opportunities exist due to the need to fill replacement job openings.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Computer Operators There are 3 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 3 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Lead Tape/Print Computer Operator 10/16/14 Portland
CAM Operator 9/8/14 Forest Grove DOE
Mainframe Computer Operator 3/2/14 Mcminnville
Job Openings from the Web for Computer Operators The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 3 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 3 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
TEMP - Computer Operator 10/17/14 Ashland Harry & David
Lead Tape/Print Computer Operator 10/14/14 Portland Pomeroy IT Solutions
Systems Operator 8/12/14 Portland Exelis Systems Corporation
State of Oregon License Information for Computer Operators No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Computer Operators
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $12.26 $14.52 $18.23 $22.81 $26.78 $18.84 $39,191
Multnomah / Washington 12.39 14.47 18.10 22.89 26.99 18.88 39,271
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 15.84 20.13 22.80 25.23 28.68 22.60 47,018
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 14.13 15.90 18.70 24.54 27.37 19.95 41,490
Lane 10.20 11.33 13.22 17.96 25.62 15.37 31,975
Jackson / Josephine 12.12 13.43 16.17 20.55 23.35 17.01 35,378
Clackamas 15.66 16.75 18.56 21.43 23.16 19.31 40,161
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Computer Operators
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 635 606 -29 -4.6% 0 6 6
Multnomah / Washington 375 344 -31 -8.3% 0 4 4
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 69 64 -5 -7.2% 0 1 1
Clackamas 38 36 -2 -5.3% 0 0 0
Jackson / Josephine 35 31 -4 -11.4% 0 0 0
Lane 32 29 -3 -9.4% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 24 21 -3 -12.5% 0 0 0
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 23 20 -3 -13.0% 0 0 0
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 11 10 -1 -9.1% 0 0 0
Coos / Curry 7 8 1 14.3% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 4 4 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Baker / Union / Wallowa 4 4 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Douglas 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Computer Operators
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 635
Total All Industries Private 566
Manufacturing Private 10
Wholesale Trade Private 22
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods Private 13
Retail Trade Private 59
Food and Beverage Stores Private 24
Grocery Stores Private 24
Nonstore Retailers Private 11
Electronic Shopping and Mail Order Houses Private 11
Information Private 29
Publishing Industries (except Internet) Private 10
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers Private 10
Data Processing, Hosting and Related Services Private 18
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services Private 18
Finance and Insurance Private 114
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities Private 57
Depository Credit Intermediation Private 36
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation Private 20
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities Private 57
Insurance Carriers Private 45
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities Private 12
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Private 105
Computer Systems Design and Related Services Private 93
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 143
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 65
Administrative and Support Services Private 65
Employment Services Private 10
Business Support Services Private 41
Total All Industries State 16
State Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals State 13
Total All Industries Local 45
Educational Services Local 19
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals Local 14
Educational Requirements for Computer Operators The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Computer Operators
  • Apply Data Storage Technology
  • Apply Knowledge Of Mainframe Computers
  • Identify Appropriate Software For Activities Or Projects
  • Load Tapes, Disks And Paper Into Computers And Peripherals
  • Maintain Computers And Related Equipment
  • Monitor And Respond To Computer Operating And Error Messages
  • Monitor Computer And Device Operation
  • Operate Computerized Print Equipment
  • Operate Fax Machines, Copiers, Printers, And Other Office Machines
  • Organize And Work With Detailed Records
  • Perform Office Equipment Maintenance Not Requiring Service Call
  • Perform Typing Or Data Entry For Extended Time Periods
  • Process And Prepare Business Forms
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Understand, Use, And Communicate Technical Information
  • Use Computers To Enter, Access And Retrieve Data
  • Use Ten Key By Touch
Schools and Training Providers for Computer Operators No programs of training are associated with this occupation.
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Computer Operators These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Rogue Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Computer Operators matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Data Entry Keyers 30%