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Computer Operation: Career and Education Opportunities in Kansas

Computer Operation: Computer Operators handle the machines that are more and more at the center of business operations. Entering data, authoring documents, and processing text, they move information from the physical business world into the digital.

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Kansas has a population of 2,818,747, which has grown by 4.85% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Sunflower State," its capital is Topeka, though its biggest city is Wichita. In 2008, there were a total of 1,875,134 jobs in Kansas. The average annual income was $38,886 in 2008, up from $37,414 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Kansas was 6.7% in 2009, which has grown by 2.3% since the previous year. Approximately 25.8% of Kansas residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Kansas include machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers, mineral wool manufacturing, and medical laboratories. Notable tourist destinations include the Exploration Place, the Indian Center Museum & Gift Shop, and the Great Plains Nature Center.


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CAREERS WITHIN Computer Operation

Computer Clerk

Computer Clerks operate data entry device. Computer Clerks need to think through complex problems and develop a critical analysis of the situation and possible solutions. They also need to read and understand what has been read.
Online Publisher

Online Publishers format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material. Online Publishers need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.

Typists type letters, reports, or other material from rough draft, corrected copy, or voice recording. Typists need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues. They also need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them.