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Computer control programmers and operators
Description: These workers use special computer-controlled machines to cut and shape products such as car parts, machine parts, and compressors. They use lathes, spindles, and milling machines following blueprints from engineers. While they work they must constantly monitor readouts from the computer to make sure parts are being made properly. Because of the machinery they use, this can be a dangerous job.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition at http://www.bls.gov/OCO/
Salary: $28,001 to $50,000 per year


There are 41 math topics Computer control programmers and operators need to know.
Basic Math / Algebra
Ratio and Proportion
Customary Measurement
Metric Measurement
Measurement Conversion
Basic Probability
Basic Statistics
Statistical Graphing
Negative Numbers
Basic Problem Solving
First-Year Algebra
Using Formulas
Linear Equations
Linear Inequalities
Operations with Polynomials
Factoring Polynomials
Rational Expressions
Coordinate Graphing 2D
Linear Systems
Quadratic Equations
Algebraic Representation
Second-Year Algebra / Trigonometry
Sequences and Series
Coordinate Graphing 3D
Advanced Statistics
Polar Coordinates/Graphs
Other Topics
Calculus and Higher Math
Basic Calculator Use
Scientific Calculator Use
Computer Use
Computer Programming
Group Problem Solving
Mental Math
Inductive/Deductive Reasoning
Math Communications
Mathematical Modeling