Also known as Copy Center Operator, Copy Machine Operator, Copy Technician, Graphics Production Specialist, Key Operator, Machine Operator, Printing Services Coordinator, Reprographics Technician
Also known as Copy Center Operator, Copy Machine Operator, Copy Technician
Office Technicians operate one or more of a variety of office machines, such as photocopying, photographic, and duplicating machines, or other office machines.
Office Technicians are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Office Technicians. More generally, Office Technicians are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for an Office Technician is $34,730, and the average salary is $36,580. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Office Technician salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Office Technicians earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Office Technicians earn less than $24,600 per year, 25% earn less than $28,670, 75% earn less than $41,630, and 90% earn less than $51,960.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Office Technicians is expected to change by -13.4%, and there should be roughly 3,800 open positions for Office Technicians every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as an Office Technician are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.
Office Technicians typically have very strong Realistic interests. 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.
Also, Office Technicians typically have strong Conventional interests. 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.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as an Office Technician tend to value Support, Relationships, and Independence.
Most importantly, Office Technicians moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Office Technicians moderately 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.
Lastly, Office Technicians somewhat value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Office Technicians must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and adaptability/flexibility.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Office Technicians, ranked by importance:
Working as an Office Technician usually requires a high school diploma.
Office Technicians need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Office Technicians may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, production and processing, or computers and electronics knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Office Technicians might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Office Technicians must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Office Technicians need abilities such as written comprehension, near vision, and information ordering in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Office Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Office Technicians frequently use skills like operation and control, operations monitoring, and reading comprehension to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Office Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
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