Word Processing Typist  What They Do

Just the Facts

Uses 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.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Administrative Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Checks completed work for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and format.
  • Performs other clerical duties such as answering telephone, sorting and distributing mail, running errands or sending faxes.
  • Gathers, registers, and arranges the material to be typed, following instructions.
  • Types correspondence, reports, text and other written material from rough drafts, corrected copies, voice recordings, dictation or previous versions, using a computer, word processor, or typewriter.
  • Files and stores completed documents on computer hard drive or disk, or maintains a computer filing system to store, retrieve, update and delete documents.
  • Prints and makes copies of work.
  • Keeps records of work performed.
  • Computes and verifies totals on report forms, requisitions, or bills, using adding machine or calculator.
  • Collates pages of reports and other documents prepared.
  • Electronically sorts and compiles text and numerical data, retrieving, updating, and merging documents as required.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Document Processor -- Handles incoming documents and data entry as well as organizes, images and indexes electronic documents.
  • Legal Transcriptionist -- Transcribes daily dictation, records testimony, and prepares legal documents such as briefs, motions and petitions from dictation and may also file documents at the local courthouse, run errands, answer phones and perform general office duties.
  • Secretary -- Schedules appointments, gives information to callers, composes and types routine correspondences, reads and routes incoming mail, files records, and other various clerical duties.
  • Stenographer -- Takes dictation in shorthand and transcribes dictated material.
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