How to Hire a Computer Operator

Does your growing business need a computer operator for your company? A computer operator controls and oversees computer and other peripheral data processing devices to effectively process engineering, science, business and other relevant data as per standard operating instructions.

Here are some tips to help you find great computer operator candidates and make the right hire for your company.

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Computer operators searching for jobs on Indeed*

21,574

Job seekers that clicked computer operator jobs

8,704

Resumes for job seekers with computer operator experience on Indeed

357

Computer operator jobs that received clicks

What is the cost of hiring computer operator?

  • Common salary in US: $17.26 hourly
  • Typical salaries range from $7.25$36.50 hourly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – April 2021

As of April 2021, computer operator jobs in the U.S. are moderately competitive compared to other job markets, with an average of 60 job seekers per computer operator job.

Why hire a computer operator?

Selecting the right candidate as a computer operator can help streamline the back-end operation of a business. A computer operator helps monitor the system and ensure overall health checks of all the computers. A great computer operator can:

• Perform scheduled maintenance and back-end hardware or software upgrades in an organization
• Ensure security and privacy in the company’s computer systems to prevent a security breach
• Maintain, monitor and audit inventories of computers, laptops and other peripheral devices and IT supplies

Deciding between a full-time vs freelance computer operator

Businesses can hire a freelance computer operator to occasionally check in on their computer systems. The freelancer can come into the office for set periods to test the functionality of the computers, schedule routine maintenance on the software, evaluate the performance of the security system and take an inventory of the company’s IT supplies. 

Companies that utilize computers and software a lot may want to hire a full-time computer operator. The full-time operator can consistently be checking into the health and security of the company’s computer systems and catch problems as they arise. 

What are the types of computer operators?

Computer operators can enter into a few specialties that primarily handle one aspect of the IT industry. These specialties include:

  • Console operator: A console operator works with consoles that typically have multiple users. They’re responsible for supervising tape operators, entering commands into the system and responding to information requests. 
  • Peripherals operator: Peripherals operators specialize in working with equipment that runs off computers. This can include scanners, printers and digital storage devices. 
  • Card reader operator: A card reader operator is responsible for maintaining and overseeing the use of 9-edge and 12-edge card readers. 
  • Printer operator: Printer operators work specifically with printers. They can file and deliver printed files, maintain the machine and load specialized forms into it. 
  • Tape operator: Although the job is becoming less common, there are still some tape operators working in the field. They take care of services related to reels of magnetic tape and magnetic tape cartridges. 

Where to find computer operators

To find the right computer operator for your business, consider trying out a few different recruiting strategies:

  • Hang help wanted signs. Posting notices about the job is often an effective way to encourage members of the community to submit applications. 
  • Look online. Established computer operators in your area may have an online profile where they’re advertising their experience. Make contact with quality candidates to see if they’re interested in the job. 
  • Hire from within. Assess the experience and skills of the people already in your business. If there are promising candidates for the position, reach out to them to determine if they want it. 
  • Post your job online. Try posting your computer operator job on Indeed to find and attract quality computer operator candidates.

What are the types of computer operators?

Computer operators can enter into a few specialties that primarily handle one aspect of the IT industry. These specialties include:

  • Console operator: A console operator works with consoles that typically have multiple users. They’re responsible for supervising tape operators, entering commands into the system and responding to information requests. 
  • Peripherals operator: Peripherals operators specialize in working with equipment that runs off computers. This can include scanners, printers and digital storage devices. 
  • Card reader operator: A card reader operator is responsible for maintaining and overseeing the use of 9-edge and 12-edge card readers. 
  • Printer operator: Printer operators work specifically with printers. They can file and deliver printed files, maintain the machine and load specialized forms into it. 
  • Tape operator: Although the job is becoming less common, there are still some tape operators working in the field. They take care of services related to reels of magnetic tape and magnetic tape cartridges. 

Writing a computer operator job description

A clear job description is essential to finding the right computer operator candidates. A computer operator job description includes a compelling summary of the role, a detailed list of duties and responsibilities and the required and preferred skills for the position.

When writing your computer operator job description, consider including some or all of the following keywords to improve the visibility of your job posting. These are the most popular search terms leading to clicks on computer operator jobs, according to Indeed data:

  • Information technology
  • Computer operator
  • IT
  • Administrative assistant
  • Computer
  • Clerical
  • Technology
  • Operator
  • Administrative

Interviewing computer operator candidates

Strong candidates for computer operator positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

• Knowledge of computer hardware and software
• Efficiency in MS Office and other relevant tools
• How they’ve efficiently resolved employee queries and enhanced business efficiency

Need help coming up with interview questions? See our list of computer operator interview questions for examples (with sample answers).

FAQs about how to hire a computer operator

How hard is it to be a DIY computer operator?

Depending on the size of your business, you may be able to perform the computer operator responsibilities yourself or delegate them to another employee. However, if you own a large business that requires consistent oversight of the computer system’s performance, it may be best to hire an employee dedicated to it. 

How do I choose between two quality computer operator candidates?

Consider hiring the candidate who has more experience working with the type of software your company uses. This can reduce training time and yield better results with the work. 

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