Word Process/Data Entry KeyerPrint
WORD PROCESSOR/DATA ENTRY KEYERS make typed copies of materials written by other clerical, professional, or managerial workers. They enter text and data into a computer, operate a variety of office machines, and perform other clerical duties. Word processors/data entry keyers set up and prepare reports, letters, mailing labels, and other text material. They input lists of items, numbers, or other data into computers or complete forms that appear on a computer screen. They may also manipulate existing data, edit current information, or proofread new entries to a database for accuracy.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $35,500 average per year ($17.00 per hour)
- A large occupation (321,000 workers in 2010)
- Expected to decline (0.6% per year)
Employers usually hire high school graduates for WORD PROCESSOR/DATA ENTRY KEYER positions who can meet their requirements for keyboarding speed. Increasingly, employers also expect applicants to have word processing or data entry training or experience. Spelling, punctuation, and grammar skills are important, as is familiarity with standard office equipment and procedures. Keyboarding skills and the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and database management software packages can be learned in high schools, community colleges, business schools, temporary help agencies, or on one's own using self-teaching aids such as books, or tapes.