Word Processors and Typists

Bookmark Print History Journal
x

Journal


    • Please sign in to view journal entries
x

Your Employment History in this Occupation

Please sign in to view Employment History
x
Rating
x

Please fill out the fields below to e-mail someone a link to this page

x
Please sign in to bookmark occupations

About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Word Processor Technician
  • Word Processor Operator
  • Word Processor
  • Word Processing Machine Operator
  • Typist
  • Typing Office Worker
  • Transcription Typist
  • Transcribing Machine Operator
  • Telegraphic Typewriter Operator
  • Stenographer
show all

What They Do

  • Transcribe stenotyped notes of court proceedings.
  • Work with technical material, preparing statistical reports, planning and typing statistical tables, and combining and rearranging material from different sources.
  • Manage schedules and set dates, times, and locations for meetings and appointments.
  • Operate and resupply printers and computers, changing print wheels or fluid cartridges, adding paper, and loading blank tapes, cards, or disks into equipment.
  • Use data entry devices, such as optical scanners, to input data into computers for revision or editing.
  • Adjust settings for format, page layout, line spacing, and other style requirements.
  • Reformat documents, moving paragraphs or columns.
  • Collate pages of reports and other documents prepared.
  • Search for specific sets of stored, typed characters to make changes.
  • Electronically sort and compile text and numerical data, retrieving, updating, and merging documents as required.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: C.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $35,620 with most people making between $27,520 and $46,060

Outlook

0.00%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 7,940 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 6,560 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 30 replacement openings for approximately 30 total annual openings.



Pennsylvania Department of Education