Meaning – The term operator, refers to a person or a program that manages activities that are controlled by a specific computer program.
A computer operator is a role in IT that oversees the running of computer systems, ensuring that the machines and computers are running properly.
The former role of a computer operator was to work with mainframe computers which required a great deal of management day-to-day including manually running batch jobs; however, now they often work with a variety of different systems and applications. The computer operator normally works in a server room or a data center, but can also work remotely so that they can operate systems across multiple sites.
Example of usage – “A computer operator also has knowledge of disaster recovery and business continuity procedures. Formerly, this would have meant sending physical data tapes offsite, but now the data is more than likely transmitted over computer networks.”