Word Processors and Typists

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What do 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.

Also known as:

Clerk Specialist, Clerk Typist, Keyboard Specialist, Management Services Technician, Office Technician, Principal Clerk Typist, Project Assistant, Stenographer, Typist, Word Processor

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Word Processors and Typists is projected to Decline 4 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -4.4%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #23 in job growth rate
  • 70

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #14 in net job growth

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.9%)
  • Master's degree (4.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (19.2%)
  • Associate's degree (14.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (30%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (28.1%)
  • Less than high school diploma (2.8%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • 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.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Sort mail.
  • Answer telephones to direct calls or provide information.
  • Distribute incoming mail.
  • Proofread documents, records, or other files to ensure accuracy.
  • Store records or related materials.
  • Operate office equipment.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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