Computer Terminal Operator

Computer terminal operators type information into the computer for processing. A computer terminal operator's job is to review data for accuracy and make corrections.

The computer terminal operator also types computer programs and inputs data and sets up instruction programs for the computer to follow.

Other responsibilities include:

  • programming margin changes, line adjustments and other routine typing decisions

  • safe-keeping of all the documentation

  • taking care of the computer equipment

In-service training: ?a candidate must pass a selection process before appointment. The data typist who has already attained proficiency on any other keyboard (such as a typewriter or other office machine), may be trained on the job by senior operators or supervisors.

The candidate with no experience is sent on an external course or given a systematic training course before starting productive work. The basic content of the training course is standard but its application is adapted to the needs of each individual on a personal basis.


  • 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), 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, Gretsa University, ICESA City Campus, Institute of Development Management, 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, Ndejje University, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Nkumba University, Oval International Computer Education, Pentecost University College, Presbyterian University of East Africa, Riara University, Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology, Rongo University College, Rosebank College, Rusangu University, St Paul's University, Team University, Technical University of Kenya, 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), Vuselela TVET College, Web-Info-Net Institute of Technology, Windhoek Vocational Training Centre, YMCA Comprehensive Institute, Zambia Catholic University, Zenith University College