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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, Graphic Art Technician, Graphics Production Specialist, Key Operator, Machine Operator, Print Shop Assistant, Printing Services Coordinator, Reprographics Technician

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

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.
  • Deliver completed work. 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.
  • Sort, assemble, and proof completed work. 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.
  • Complete records of production, including work volumes and outputs, materials used, and any backlogs. 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.
  • Set up and adjust machines, regulating factors such as speed, ink flow, focus, and number of copies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Load machines with materials such as blank paper or film. 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.
  • Clean machines, perform minor repairs, and report major repair needs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • File and store completed documents. 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.
  • Maintain stock of supplies, and requisition any needed items. 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.
  • Clean and file master copies or plates. 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.

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Technology Skills

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

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • 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.

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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.

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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.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. 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.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 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.
  • 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.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. 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.
  • 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

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

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Work Context

  • Electronic Mail — 63% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 65% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 61% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 51% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 61% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 36% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 40% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 25% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 36% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 56% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 30% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 29% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 57% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 38% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 18% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 45% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 30% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 31% responded “Less than 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 orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
68   High school diploma or equivalent Help
17   Bachelor's degree
9   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

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  • 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.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. 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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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 (2018) $15.76 hourly, $32,790 annual
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Employment (2018) 50,000 employees
Projected growth (2018-2028) Decline (-2% or lower) Decline (-2% or lower)
Projected job openings (2018-2028) 5,300
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2018)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 wage data external site and 2018-2028 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018-2028). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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