WHAT DO DATA ENTRY SPECIALISTS DO?
Data entry specialists are the link between paper information and computer data. Data entry specialists take information from different locations that is written down, such as cancelled checks, bills, reports, or other information, and enter it into an electronic data system for storage and analysis. They read the information to make sure it's accurate, make corrections if necessary, enter the data and store the hard copies and electronic data in the proper place.
Data entry specialists use computers to type in this information, but may also use scanners and other specialized equipment to put data into the system.
HOW MUCH DO DATA ENTRY SPECIALISTS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2010 median annual wage was $27,450 or $13.19 an hour.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Data entry specialists can get started with a high school diploma or GED, but need to have the ability to read and type. System-specific training will be done on the job.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Computer Skills: Data entry specialists work with computers. Understanding how to use a keyboard, typing, as well as computer programs like spreadsheets and Word documents is helpful.
- Good Vision: Being able to see well and read information that might not be well written is key.
- Time Management: Speed is of the essence for data entry specialists. Being able to manage how much time is spent on a project is important.
THE FUTURE OF DATA ENTRY SPECIALISTS
According to the BLS, job growth will decline between 2010 and 2020.