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43-9071.00 - Office Machine Operators, Except Computer

Operate one or more of a variety of office machines, such as photocopying, photographic, and duplicating machines, or other office machines.

Sample of reported job titles: Copy Center Operator, Copy Machine Operator, Copy Technician, Duplicating Machine Operator, Graphics Production Specialist, Key Operator, Machine Operator, Print Center Specialist, Production Operator, Production Specialist

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Read job orders to determine the type of work to be done, the quantities to be produced, and the materials needed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate office machines such as high speed business photocopiers, readers, scanners, addressing machines, stencil-cutting machines, microfilm readers or printers, folding and inserting machines, bursters, and binder machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Place original copies in feed trays, feed originals into feed rolls, or position originals on tables beneath camera lenses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compute prices for services and receive payment, or provide supervisors with billing information. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sort, assemble, and proof completed work. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up and adjust machines, regulating factors such as speed, ink flow, focus, and number of copies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor machine operation, and make adjustments as necessary to ensure proper operation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Load machines with materials such as blank paper or film. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain stock of supplies, and requisition any needed items. See more occupations related to this task.
  • File and store completed documents. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean machines, perform minor repairs, and report major repair needs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate auxiliary machines such as collators, pad and tablet making machines, staplers, and paper punching, folding, cutting, and perforating machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Complete records of production, including work volumes and outputs, materials used, and any backlogs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Deliver completed work. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare and process papers for use in scanning, microfilming, and microfiche. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut copies apart and write identifying information, such as page numbers or titles, on copies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and file master copies or plates. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Move heat units and clamping frames over screen beds to form Braille impressions on pages, raising frames to release individual copies. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Addressing machines — Mail addressing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automatic labeling systems — Automatic labeling equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bar code reader equipment — Barcode scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dot matrix printers — Computer form printers; High speed impact printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Embossing tools — Embossing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inkjet fax machine — Inkjet facsimile machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Letter folders — Parallel folding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lithographic equipment — Lithographic presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mail opening machines — Mail opening equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microfiche or microfilm viewers — Microfilm readers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microfiche reader printers — Microfiche duplicators; Microfilm duplicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microfilm processors — Automated microfilm processors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paper cutting machines or accessories — Form separators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paper jogging machines — Paper joggers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paper punching or binding machines — Paper binding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photocopiers — Copy machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plotter printers — Graphic plotters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Printing collators or decollators — Paper collators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Computer data input scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sorters — Mail sorting machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermal binding machine — Thermal binder machines See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software; Microsoft Access See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Collect deposits, payments or fees. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Read work orders to determine material or setup requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Compile data or documentation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate costs of goods or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate office equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Deliver items. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Report maintenance or equipment problems to appropriate personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Attach identification information to products, items or containers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record production information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide information to coworkers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain office equipment in proper operating condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sort materials or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust office equipment to ensure proper operation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Store records or related materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean facilities or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Time Pressure — 95% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 95% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 86% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 60% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 47% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 57% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 55% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 53% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 54% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 35% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 30% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 37% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 23% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 51% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 53% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 31% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 51% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 41% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 41% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 34% responded “Limited responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 37% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 35% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 30% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
61   High school diploma or equivalent Help
24   Less than high school diploma
8   Associate's degree

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $13.71 hourly, $28,510 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 69,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 16,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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