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All About Office Machine Operators

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

A Day in the Life of an Office Machine Operator

  • Set up and adjust machines, regulating factors such as speed, ink flow, focus, and number of copies.
  • Deliver completed work.
  • Operate auxiliary machines such as collators, pad and tablet making machines, staplers, and paper punching, folding, cutting, and perforating machines.
  • Move heat units and clamping frames over screen beds to form Braille impressions on pages, raising frames to release individual copies.
  • Sort, assemble, and proof completed work.
  • Cut copies apart and write identifying information, such as page numbers or titles, on copies.

What Every Office Machine Operator Should Know

Below is a list of the skills most Office Machine Operators say are important on the job.

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Job Demand for Office Machine Operators

In the United States, there were 59,900 jobs for Office Machine Operator in 2016. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Office Machine Operator. The BLS estimates 5,100 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Office Machine Operator are Nevada, Maryland, and Washington. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, New Mexico, or Maine. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Office Machine Operators Make A Lot Of Money?

The average yearly salary of an Office Machine Operator ranges between $22,350 and $49,920.

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Office Machine Operators who work in District of Columbia, Massachusetts, or Illinois, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Office Machine Operators in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $31,720
Arizona $34,870
Arkansas $26,980
California $38,170
Colorado $36,910
Connecticut $39,060
Delaware $31,890
District of Columbia $48,840
Florida $31,930
Georgia $34,060
Hawaii $34,330
Idaho $28,580
Illinois $41,830
Indiana $33,930
Iowa $34,770
Kansas $31,720
Kentucky $29,890
Louisiana $32,850
Maine $33,190
Maryland $38,110
Massachusetts $42,360
Michigan $34,570
Minnesota $36,380
Mississippi $31,190
Missouri $35,480
Montana $31,860
Nebraska $35,280
Nevada $31,950
New Hampshire $30,940
New Jersey $32,840
New Mexico $35,270
New York $36,180
North Carolina $31,370
North Dakota $32,320
Ohio $31,830
Oklahoma $29,400
Oregon $37,860
Pennsylvania $33,200
Rhode Island $32,690
South Carolina $32,210
South Dakota $27,460
Tennessee $30,490
Texas $31,890
Utah $30,250
Vermont $31,790
Virginia $35,060
Washington $34,770
West Virginia $30,370
Wisconsin $31,010
Wyoming $28,150

What Tools do Office Machine Operators Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Office Machine Operators may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Access
  • Data entry software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Publisher

Becoming an Office Machine Operator

Education needed to be an Office Machine Operator:

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where do Office Machine Operators Work?

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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