Word Processor

No matter how advanced technology becomes it is unlikely that the need for experienced word processors will decline at any point in the near future. Word processors who are also commonly referred to as “typists” and “data-entry keyers” are responsible for creating typed documents in various formats using word processing software. According to the website www.ehow.com some word processors work in business offices during normal work hours and other word processors work from remote locations and transmit completed documents to their employer via e-mail or the internet. Some of the most important skills for world processors to possess include being organized having high-level reading comprehension and knowing how to manage their time efficiently. Word processors are expected to complete their work in a timely and error-free manner. Therefore they must have excellent spelling and grammar skills as well as the ability to quickly proofread their own work. In some cases word processors are expected to complete various clerical duties besides word processing such as filing and answering office phones. It is normally not a requirement for word processors to have a formal education other than a high school diploma or the equivalent. However it is essential that they have computer skills that they are excellent typists and that they know how to manipulate word processing software. It is helpful for those who work in specific industries such as the legal andor medical fields to be knowledgeable about industry-specific terminology. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average salary for word processors is $31390 per year.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $31390
High Salary: $34390
Low Salary: $28390
Tasks: Types and formats documents.
Prepares reports.
Uses word processing software.
Proofreads typed documents.
Also Called: Data Processor
Typist
Data-Entry Keyer
Transcriber
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/about_6694551_job-description-processing.html
http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/174/Word-Processor.html
http://job-descriptions.careerplanner.com/Word-Processors-and-Typists.cfm