Typists and Word Processors

Using typewriters, personal computers, and other office machines, typists and word processors convert handwritten or otherwise unfinished material into clean, readable, typewritten copies. Typists create reports, letters, forms, tables, charts, and other materials for all kinds of businesses and services. Word processors create the same types of materials using a computer that stores information electronically instead of printing it directly onto paper. Other typists use special machines that convert manuscripts into Braille, coded copy, or typeset copy. Typists and word processors hold about 88,200 jobs in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Convert handwritten or otherwise unfinished material into clean, readable, typewritten or digital copies
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience On-the-job training; three to six months' experience for word processors
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Poor
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Office Manager or Word Processing Business Owner
  • Supervisor
  • Secretary or Receptionist
  • Word Processor
  • Typist