What is a data entry job?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, a data entry job involves entering a variety of information into a computer database. Data entry operators are often called data processors, keyers or typists.

Work Environment

Data entry jobs can be performed in a traditional office setting or in an employee’s home office, according to BLS.gov. These jobs are popular and competitive, allowing for greater workplace flexibility with the option to work remotely.


Necessary Skills

In order to be hired for a data entry job, an applicant must have excellent grammar, spelling, keyboarding and word processing skills. Many data entry operators are hired immediately following high school.


As of April 2010, the average salary for a data entry operator is $31,000, according to Indeed.com.


BLS.gov states that the prospects for data entry jobs are projected to decline by six percent, from 426,200 employed data entry operators in 2008 to 400,700 in 2018.


Data entry jobs are popular subjects of online scams, which prey on job applicants who have a desire to work from home.


U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Handbook, 2010-11 Edition – Data Entry and Information Processing Workers

Indeed: Data Entry Operator Salaries

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