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IST - Computer Operator

Industry: Manufacturing
Area: Administration and Support

Sets up, monitors and controls electronic computer equipment. Studies program operating instructions to determine equipment set-up and run operation. Manipulates controls in accordance with standard procedures to operate equipment and to rearrange sequence of program steps in order to correct computational errors or to continue operations when individual units of the system malfunction. As required, confers with appropriate personnel in the event errors or equipment failures require a change of instructions or sequence of operation. (This covers the operator who is normally running one program at a time.)

Work Settings

Office setting, computer room. The average workweek is 40 hours. While many manufacturers operate 24 hours/day, this position usually works during first shift but may be on call to support other shifts


Bachelors degree or Associate's degree with job experience

Job Outlook

See US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook ( for latest information


Average weekly earnings in CNY in 2005 were $728.36. The bottom quartile was $572.00 and the top quartile was $708.87.

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