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 142,000 jobs in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None