Word processors use computers and word processing software to prepare reports, mailing labels, letters and other types of materials. A word processor uses a variety of word processing commands to format material and to instruct the computer to perform various functions. Word processing personnel perform other tasks such as answering telephones and copying documents.
- Prepare texts, reports and other written materials
- Print out documents for presentation or filing
- Use data entry devices, including optical scanners to input data into computers for editing or revision
- Work with technical data and make statistical tables
- Check completed work for grammar, spelling, punctuation and format
- Prepare various materials from voice recordings and dictation
- File and store completed documents in computers
- Electronically sort and compile text and numerical data
- Adjust settings for page layout, format, line spacing and other style requirements
- Transmit work electronically to other locations
Word processors work in a variety of settings. They sit for long periods of time. The majority of word processors work 40 hours a week. They should be detailed oriented.
The employment growth for word processors and typists is projected to decline by 11 percent from 2006 to 2016. The employment of these workers is forecasted to decline due to the proliferation of personal computers, which allow people to perform tasks typically given to word processors and typists. In addition, the average annual wage in 2008 for word processors and typists was $31,390.
Education, Certification, and Licensing
Most employers seek candidates that have at least a high school diploma. Employers prefer candidates that have all-around clerical skills including the ability to type fast and accurately. Numerous business schools and two-year colleges certify word processors that have completed a program in word processing or business. Some companies sponsor training programs.
- International Association of Administrative Professionals
- American Society of Administrative Professionals
The primary employment sectors are state, local and the federal government; professional, scientific and technical services; administrative and support services, educational services and self-employed workers.
Schools for Word Processors And Typists are listed in the Browse Schools Section.