Computer Operators


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


Top Industries of Employment

  1. Computer And Data Processing Services
  2. Miscellaneous Business Services
  3. Telephone Communication
  4. Hospitals
  5. Commercial Banks

2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 4,510 14.21 9.50 16.57 29,560 19,750 34,460
Joplin MSA 80 13.22 9.34 15.16 27,500 19,430 31,530
Columbia MSA 130 14.27 10.59 16.11 29,680 22,020 33,510
St Joseph MSA 60 11.40 7.61 13.30 23,710 15,830 27,660
Springfield MSA 220 13.02 8.91 15.07 27,080 18,540 31,350
St Louis MSA 2,390 14.61 10.05 16.90 30,400 20,910 35,140
Kansas City* 1,030 14.16 9.63 16.43 29,459 20,039 34,169
Central Region* 290 13.65 9.91 15.51 28,382 20,619 32,264
Northeast Region* 50 12.04 8.70 13.70 25,034 18,103 28,500
Northwest Region* 110 10.69 7.78 12.15 22,235 16,180 25,262
Ozark Region* 370 14.05 8.89 16.63 29,224 18,496 34,588
South Central Region* 100 9.45 6.98 10.69 19,658 14,518 22,228
Southeast Region* 160 12.94 8.11 15.36 26,917 16,869 31,941
Southwest Region* 110 12.63 8.68 14.60 26,266 18,052 30,373
St. Charles* 140 13.01 11.28 13.88 27,064 23,456 28,868
St. Louis City* 630 16.20 11.71 18.44 33,692 24,348 38,363
St. Louis County* 1,330 14.67 10.16 16.93 30,518 21,127 35,214
West Central Region* 70 12.02 9.00 13.53 25,002 18,720 28,144
Jefferson/Franklin Consortium* 40 12.78 8.05 15.15 26,586 16,740 31,509

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 4,340 3,310 -1,030 -23.73 78 Fair
Kansas City MSA 1,820 1,400 -420 -23.08 33 Fair
St Louis MSA 2,620 1,880 -740 -28.24 47 Fair
Central Region* 220 170 -50 -22.73 4 Fair
Northeast Region* 60 40 -20 -33.33 1 Caution
Northwest Region* 110 80 -30 -27.27 2 Caution
Ozark Region* 220 170 -50 -22.73 4 Fair
South Central Region* 30 20 -10 -33.33 1 Caution
Southeast Region* 100 80 -20 -20.00 2 Fair
Southwest Region* 110 90 -20 -18.18 2 Fair
West Central Region* 80 60 -20 -25.00 1 Caution

* - Workforce Investment Areas
** - Why are the employment levels different for the same occupation?



This Occupation generally requires Moderate-term on-the-job training (1-12 months)
or training in one of the following
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician