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Telephone Operators

General Information

Description

Provide information by accessing alphabetical, geographical, or other directories. Assist customers with special billing requests, such as charges to a third party and credits or refunds for incorrectly dialed numbers or bad connections. May handle emergency calls and assist children or people with physical disabilities to make telephone calls.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit65.26%
  2. State and local government14.57%
  3. Private, not for profit13.42%
  4. Federal government3.06%
  5. Self-employed2.38%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$38,330

State-by-state Salary

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$53,570
$22,260
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Education & Interests

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 83%
  • Less than high school 15%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS

You may find this career fulfilling if you consider yourself to be:

  • Conventional — You have an interest in following procedures and regulations to organize information or data.
  • Social — You have an interest in helping, teaching, advising, assisting or providing service to others.
  • Realistic — You have an interest in physically working with equipment, materials or structures.

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Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Communications and Media
  • Administrative
  • Education and Training

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