Data Processing Technicians

Workers in a Data Processing Center Monitor Computer Systems

Data processing technicians use computers to manage and store information. They provide complex and detailed information necessary for daily office operations in business and government. With computers they can organize and analyze data, perform mathematical calculations, and provide data for some scientific or engineering design problems. Data processing technicians work with many different kinds of professionals including information scientists; systems analysts; information processing engineers; and engineering, scientific, and business computer programmers.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Business Data Processing Technicians, Scientific Data Processing Technicians
Duties Operate computers; perform data processing and programming; analyze business problems and errors in programs; modify programs
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience On-the-job training; any prior related experience
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Information Management
  • Math
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Data Analyst or Supervisor
  • Senior Programmer
  • Junior Programmer
  • Data Processing Technician
  • Data Entry Clerk