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Data Processing Technicians
Although many tasks overlap with what is considered programming on the high end and data entry on the low end, there are basically two types of data processing occupations. Data processing technicians who work primarily with the daily activities of business, such as payroll and accounting, are one type. This work requires knowledge of business administration as well as specialized training in computer operations, programming concepts, and modern management accounting techniques. The second type is scientific data processing. Scientific data processing requires knowledge of mathematics, physical science, or engineering as well as specialized courses in analysis techniques, computer programming concepts, and statistical analysis.