Word Processors and Typists Career Video
Description: 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.
Word processors and typists use computer programs, or occasionally typewriters, to type documents from handwritten drafts or voice recordings. They often have other clerical duties such as answering phones, handling mail, or running errands. Word processors and typists must be familiar with a variety of computer programs and functions such as sending emails, creating tables, and spreadsheets. They make sure that documents are accurate and attractively formatted; strong spelling, grammar, and punctuation knowledge is essential. Word processors and typists also need good communication skills to communicate with supervisors and co-workers, and to set work priorities effectively. These workers tend to work in offices on regular 40-hour schedules. A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required. Related work experience or clerical training may be helpful.