Number employed in 2006: 130,000
Percent change in 2016: -24.7 percent
Education/training: A high school degree is typically the only prerequisite for these positions. Employees then receive on-the-job training, though formal computer training from a technical school or community college is a major plus.
2006 median salary: $33,560
Job outlook: The growing use of software that automates computer operations has made systems more efficient, reducing the need for computer operators.
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