Data Entry Keyers
Also called: Data Capture Specialist, Data Entry Clerk, Data Entry Operator, Data Transcriber
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Data entry keyers transfer information from paper documents to digital formats, including Internet databases and computer programs. The specifics of their duties can vary significantly based on their employer, ranging from scanning documents and sending them in emails, to carefully transcribing text into data fields in programs and databases. Keyers call on skills to maintain records and communicate with others on a daily basis, proofreading skills are also important to locate any errors. Even more importantly, an eye for detail and accuracy are the top qualifications for data entry keyers, as mistakes can sometimes have serious repercussions. Data entry keyers typically work a set schedule of 40 hours a week in offices. While specific software programs vary from position to position, training can often be done on-the-job. A high school diploma or equivalent is the typical education requirement.
What they do:Operate data entry device, such as keyboard or photo composing perforator. Duties may include verifying data and preparing materials for printing.
On the job, you would:
- Locate and correct data entry errors, or report them to supervisors.
- Compile, sort, and verify the accuracy of data before it is entered.
- Compare data with source documents, or re-enter data in verification format to detect errors.
Arts and Humanities
- English language
- administrative services
- customer service
Safety and Government
- law and government
- reading work related information
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- read and understand what is written
- listen and understand what people say
- pay attention to something without being distracted
People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Attention to Detail
- Stress Tolerance
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