19 Types of Computer Users

INTRODUCTION

CLASSIFICATION NOT FOUND

Welcome to a guide on the different types of computer users. Well, my short answer to this guide will actually be – There are a million different kinds of people in the world, and also a million different kinds of computer users.

There is no official “international classification” to the types of computer users, and so, I am just going to compile the various ways in which people have categorized them all over the Internet… Hopefully one of these will be the answer you are looking for. Read on!

 

 

 

SECTION A

BY USER LEVEL

There are various user levels in an operating system, and they are used to control access to various functions on the system. This is a generic categorization by the common user levels found in most operating systems.

 

1) ADMINISTRATOR

The “god level” unrestricted user who has the power to install and delete applications, copy and delete files, even cause a massive system crash by messing with the critical system files.

 

2) STANDARD USER

The regular Joe user who is able to install and delete applications, update the system, but is otherwise unable to mess with the critical system files.

 

3) GUEST

A restricted user that you can create for allowing a friend to access your computer. Able to run the applications and maybe touch some files, but is otherwise unable to install or delete anything.

 

4) CHILD

Following up with a slew of “too many violent adult contents”, some operating systems actually adopted the use of parental control or a child account. This user’s actions are usually recorded, and unable to open any application, game, or any content that says “parental guidance is advised”.

 

 

SECTION B

BY SKILL LEVEL

Following up, this section groups the computer users by their skill levels – From a dummy to a computer ninja.

 

5) COMPUTER DUMMY

A complete beginner and someone who is new to the cyber world.

 

6) COMPUTER USER

The guys who have “used enough” computer and is “good enough” with most of the basics.

 

7) POWER USER

The guys who have “used too much” computer and have some tech tricks up the sleeve.

 

8) COMPUTER WIZARD

The almighty tech geeks. Give them a mess of wires, and they can sort it out. Bring them a broken gadget, and they can fix it. Everything bad will turn good in their magic hands.

 

9) HACKER

Hackers are a different breed from the wizards. While wizards are constructive, hackers usually do the opposite of reverse engineering. They are generally divided into 3 hats:

  • Black hat – The bad guys who mess with computers to do bad things.
  • White hat – The good guys who mess with computers with permission, to warn other people of security loopholes.
  • Grey hat – The naughty guys who break the laws, but don’t do a lot of damage.

 

 

SECTION C

BY USER INTENT

Next, here is a list of users grouped by their usage intent – Original source here.

 

10) APPLICATION-ORIENTED USERS

These are the type of users who have been trained to use particular software applications. Their purpose for using a computer, be it for school, work, or play, is to exactly use those applications to complete a task.

 

11) GOAL ORIENTED USERS

These are the type of users who don’t care about what applications are used, as long as things get done using computers.

 

12) COMPUTER ORIENTED USERS

The uncommon group of users, where they use computers for the sake of computers. Sounds confusing? Simply put, these people are either hackers or programmers.

 

 

SECTION D

BY INDUSTRY & PURPOSE

Finally, every industry sector and everyone has a different reason to use a computer. Here is a list of users by the industry and why.

 

13) ENTERTAINMENT 

Examples – Gamers, streamers, artists.

The gaming and entertainment industry is huge… It is so common these days to see people glued to the smartphone for gaming or watching videos.

 

14) ACADEMIC

Examples – Teachers and students.

Gone are the good old days where teachers write on chalkboards. Computers simply offer a better way to teach with slides, images, and videos; Also a better way to learn with illustrations and not a whole bunch of text.

 

15) SCIENCE

Examples – Researchers and scientists.

To do all kinds of mad scientists calculations and simulations.

 

16) COMMERCE

Examples – Cashiers, managers, analysts, office workers.

Computer users for the commerce section are so wide these days. To do office work, manage customer orders, generate reports, monthly sales, warehouse management, etc…

 

 

17) BANKING & FINANCE

Examples – Bankers and traders.

The people who use computers to keep their money safe in the bank… Or use it to make more money.

 

18) MANUFACTURING & PRODUCTION

Examples – Publishers, operators, managers.

Hand made with love these days are rare. Factories adopt computers and machines for mass production these days, people use computers to control and manage the production line.

 

19) MILITARY & LAW ENFORCEMENT

Examples – Intelligence and crime analyst.

How do we know if a certain sicko will most likely strike? Welcome to criminal science, where smart people use computers and past data to predict the future.

 

EXTRA

USEFUL BITS

That’s all for this guide, and here is a small section on some extras and links that may be useful to you.

 

LINKS & REFERENCES

 

CLOSING

WHAT’S NEXT?

Thank you for reading, and we have come to the end of this guide. I hope that this has helped you to better understand the types of computer users, and if you have anything to share with this guide, please feel free to comment below. Good luck and happy computing. May the cyber force be with you.

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