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:

  • Performs other clerical duties such as answering telephone, sorting and distributing mail, running errands or sending faxes.
  • Checks completed work for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and format.
  • 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.
  • Transmits work electronically to other locations.
  • Addresses envelopes or prepares envelope labels, using typewriter or computer.
  • 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.
  • Gathers, registers, and arranges the material to be typed, following instructions.
  • Computes and verifies totals on report forms, requisitions, or bills, using adding machine or calculator.
  • Keeps records of work performed.

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 making repetitive motions more than one-third 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

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  • Word Processor --