Data Entry Operator

Data Entry Operators enter data into a computer and operate various office machines to store or process information. They input data in a quick and efficient manner and may edit and prepare reports based on the information they have inputted into the system. Data Entry Operators help organisations to keep up with recording and analysing the abundance of information received on a daily basis. They may work for a wide variety of public and private organisations.

Duties and tasks

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time entering and computing data in a repetitive manner
  • Create data storage and methods for recovering useful data when needed
  • Input facts, figures, files and statistics using codes or abbreviations needed for use in organisations or individual departments
  • May need to quickly transcribe verbal information as needed, including in a courtroom setting
  • Navigate computer and database systems proficiently with high typing and data entry speed
  • Organise and analyse data in a clear and effective way
  • Prepare and edit documents based on outcomes of data entered, which may be used for internal or external communications

Skills required

  • Computer Literacy and High Typing Speed
  • Concentration Skills
  • Organisation Skills
  • Strong Communication Skills
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Data Entry Operators typically work a regular Monday to Friday work week. They are required to sit for long hours doing repetitive work and must remain focused. Data Entry Operators usually work in an indoor, office setting using a computer and other electronic machines.

Professional associations / Industry information

Service Skills Australia

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