Data Entry Clerks

Data Entry Clerk Assists Customer

Data entry clerks transfer information from paper documents to a computer system. They use either a typewriter-like (alphanumeric) keyboard or a 10-key (numerals only) pad to enter data into the system. In this way, the data is converted into a form the computer can easily read and process. There are about 199,240 data entry workers in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Data-Coder Operators, Terminal Operators, Verifier Operators
Duties Enter data into computer systems accurately and efficiently; use the proper code to input data; have knowledge of a variety of computer systems, setting up entry machines, and in some cases writing operating instructions
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic area
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience None
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Poor
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Data Technician Supervisor
  • Data Processing Technician
  • Experienced Data Entry Clerk
  • Entry-Level Data Entry Clerk