Typists who are sometimes called “clerk typists” use computers and keyboards to prepare letters reports envelops and other documents. The complexity of the documents that typists produce depends on the employer for whom they work. Although most typists work on computers a small proportion may still use word processors or actual typewriters. Typists are expected to complete their tasks quickly but accuracy is also important. The job of typists can also involve administrative tasks other than typing. In some offices they answer phones sort mail photocopy and file documents. Some typists have their own office but others work in a large room alongside others in the typing pool. The website www.ehow.com says that most typists have a high school diploma or the equivalent and some training in how to use office equipment. They are expected to have a good command of the English language with skills in both grammar and punctuation. Many typists have taken courses in high school community colleges or in vocational or technical schools in order to develop their skills. Oftentimes typists start out working at temporary jobs until they become sufficiently skilled to command a permanent full-time position. According to the website www.ehow.com the job of a typist is entry-level and there are a good number of openings because many typists move up to higher level positions and must be replaced. Most typists are paid by the hour and earn an average of $16.21 which amounts to $33720 if they work full-time. They are often paid at a higher rate if they work overtime.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $33720
High Salary: $35720
Low Salary: $31720
Tasks: Produces letters and documents.
Types quickly.
Ensures typing accuracy.
Knows how to format various types of documents.
Also Called: Word Processor
Audio Typist
Clerk Typist
Dictation Typist
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