Word Processors & Typists

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Clerk Typist, Keyboard Specialist, Typist, Word Processor

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What they do:
Use word processor, computer, or typewriter to type letters, reports, forms, or other material from rough draft, corrected copy, or voice recording. May perform other clerical duties as assigned.
On the job, you would:
  • Perform other clerical duties, such as answering telephone, sorting and distributing mail, running errands or sending faxes.
  • Check completed work for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and format.
  • File and store completed documents on computer hard drive or disk, or maintain a computer filing system to store, retrieve, update, and delete documents.



  • administrative services
  • customer service

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills

  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions


  • looking for ways to help people



  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • order or arrange things
  • group things in different ways


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Office suite software

  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Microsoft Office software Hot Technology In Demand

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology In Demand

Customer relationship management CRM software

  • Act!
  • Blackbaud CRM


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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