Computer Operator

Computer operators help shift leaders in ensuring that all work allocated to the shift is processed efficiently, timeously and according to schedule. They have to clean the equipment such as printers, to ensure that no job failures arise due to dirt or dust.

Operators communicate with computers by means of keyboards. They should have an understanding of the system they are using, so that they can check the correctness of all operations and take all necessary precautions to ensure that no mistakes are made. In cases of malfunctioning, operators must find the causes, correct them or call service technicians.  They also keep a record of the work done on the computer and prepare reports on its use.

Computer operators are responsible for the efficient, accurate operation of the system. They feed in information either via the keyboard or tapes as computer input and, if necessary, collect output as it emerges from the printer. Increasingly complex hardware and software, together with the increasing use of remote terminals connected via telephone networks to a central computer, have broadened the scope for computer operators.

Computer operators may specialize with regard to equipment manufacturer. They must be able to understand written technical instructions and be able to work quickly and accurately. With experience and ability, computer operators may advance to supervisors. To advance to programmer or systems analyst, however, computer operators need additional training, experience and ability.


  • all businesses and industries

  • educational and health care institutions

  • government departments

  • computer manufacturers and companies

  • public institutions such as Eskom, Denel, Mittal Steel, Transnet

  • educational institutions such as universities of technology

  • local authorities and other institutions.

  • self employment - computer technicians, with enough experience and capital, may start their own businesses

Getting Started

  • develop your communication and computer skills

  • arrange to take an aptitude test, to determine whether you have the ability for this type of work

  • speak to people in this field of work

  • try to obtain vacation work in this field


Academic City College, Accra, Accra Institute of Technology (Ait), Accra Polytechnic, Adonai College, Africa Institutional Management Services (AIMS), Anistemi College and Training Centre, Belgium Campus, Bimaks College of Business and Health Sciences, Bishop Stuart Universities, Bluecrest College (formerly Niit Ghana College), Boland TVET College, Boston City Campus & Business College, Catholic Institute of Business and Technology, Centre for Training and Projects Development (CTPD), Chinhoyi University of Technology, Christian Service University College, Coastal KZN TVET College, College of Cape Town , Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, DMI-St.Eugene University, Dominion University College, Eastcape Midlands TVET College, Egerton University, Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Gaborone Institute of Professional Studies, Garden City University College, Ghana Christian University College, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Gretsa University, ICESA City Campus, Institute of Information Technology (IIT), International University of East Africa, Karatina University, Kayiwa International University, Kenya Highlands Evangelical University, Kibabii University, Kiriri Women's University of Science and Technology, Knutsford University College, Koforidua Polytechnic, Kumasi Polytechnic, Kyambogo University, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Lira University, Lovedale Public TVET College, Machakos University College, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Meru University of Science and Technology, Methodist University College Ghana, Monitronic Success College, Motheo TVET College, Multimedia University of Kenya, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Nkumba University, Oval International Computer Education, Pentecost University College, Presbyterian University of East Africa, Regent University College of Science & Technology, Riara University, Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology, Rongo University College, Rosebank College, Rusangu University, St Paul's University, Team University, Texila American University, Tom Mboya University College, Tshwane North TVET College, Uganda Catholic Management and Training Institute, Uganda Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda Technology and Management University, Umma University, University of Eldoret, University of Kabianga, University of Lusaka, University of Nairobi, University of Professional Studies (Upsa), Valley View University, Vuselela TVET College, Web-Info-Net Institute of Technology, Windhoek Vocational Training Centre, YMCA Comprehensive Institute, Zambia Catholic University, Zenith University College