Cryptographic Machine Operator

Operate cryptographic equipment to code and decode secret messages.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Cryptographic Machine Operators do?

Operates cryptographic equipment to code, transmit, and decode secret messages for units of armed forces, law enforcement agencies, or business organizations: Selects required code according to instructions, using code book. Inserts specified code card into machine station to program encoding machine. Types plain text data on keyboard of automatic machine which encrypts and transmits message, or on semiautomatic machine which converts plain text into taped code for transmission via teletype machine. Feeds incoming tape into decoder device on semiautomatic machine and distributes decoded messages. Resolves garbled or undecipherable messages, using cryptographic procedures and equipment or requests retransmission of message. May operate teletype or teleprinter equipment to transmit messages. May operate radio to send and receive data.


Should I be a Cryptographic Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Audograph Operator, Compugraph Operator, Cryptographic Clerk, Cryptographic Technician, Data Entry Machine Operator See More

    How to Become a
    Cryptographic Machine Operator

    Most Cryptographic Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9pcaaa&chl=no+college+%2878%25%29|certificate+%2819%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,78,78
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