Data Entry Clerks

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 234,200 data entry workers in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Duties include entering data into computer systems accurately and efficiently; using the proper code to input data; knowledge of a variety of computer systems; setting up entry machines; and in some cases writing operating instructions.
Alternate Title(s) Data-Coder Operators, Terminal Operators, Verifier Operators
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Poor
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic area
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience Any experience working with data entry computer systems
Skills
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements Good typing skills, math and spelling skills
Career Ladder
  • Data Technician Supervisor
  • Data Support Specialist
  • Data Processing Technician
  • Data Capture Specialist
  • Data Entry Keyer/Operator

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