Computer Operators (43-9011)

Occupation 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 and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 189192 1.68 1220
United States 51,50039,700 -22.81,800 2,8003,420

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 21.7912.4316.23 21.2827.4230.79
Alaska 28.2220.7523.72 27.7231.0838.36
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 29.6921.7125.80 28.7431.0143.27

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
21633 15.350.0 37.5
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation76
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation17
UI claimants previously working in occupation12
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 231
Number of job position postings 19
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 12.2

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Employment in Computer–Related Occupations (July 1983)