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Average Wages

Data Entry Specialists


Industry Outlook

Career outlook is: average for the next 12-18 months

Job Description

Operate data entry device, such as keyboard or photo composing perforator. Duties may include verifying data and preparing materials for printing.


Also known as:
Data Transcriber, Fiscal Assistant, Records Clerk, Typist, Underwriting Support Specialist, Data Capture Specialist, Data Entry Clerk, Data Entry Specialist, Data Entry Operator, Data Entry Machine Operator

Average Career Wages

Co-Op / Internship

Securing an internship for this position is a good way in which to understand the expectations required for full time employment.

Typical Job Tasks

  • Check data for recording errors.
  • Provide information to coworkers.
  • Compile data or documentation.
  • Enter information into databases or software programs.
  • Verify accuracy of financial or transactional data.


  • Store records or related materials.
  • Select resources needed to accomplish tasks.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Operate office equipment.


Required Skills

People in this career often have these skills:
  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information.
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

Projected Employment Numbers


2016 Employment

2026 Employment

Percent change

Annual projected job openings

What Experience and Education do you Require?

Individuals in this field typically have:

  1.  High school diploma or equivalent
  2.  No work experience
  3.  Less than 1 month on-the-job training

Typical Education Level Required

Background Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical – Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Customer and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Law and Government – Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Successful people in this career have ...

  • Near Vision – Seeing details up close.
  • Written Comprehension – Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Finger Dexterity – Putting together small parts with your fingers.
  • Information Ordering – Ordering or arranging things.
  • Speech Recognition – Recognizing spoken words.
  • Perceptual Speed – Quickly comparing groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
  • Oral Comprehension – Listening and understanding what people say.


  • Selective Attention – Paying attention to something without being distracted.