Practically every field of employment requires data entry and microcomputer applications professionals, but the career isn't right for everyone. Following are some resources to help you decide if a career in data entry and microcomputer applications is suitable for you.
Do you enjoy typing and working with computer applications? Do you have an aptitude for detail? Would you enjoy working in an information processing role? If you answered yes to these questions, working in the data entry and microcomputer applications field may be right for you.
Businesses rely heavily on information to make critical decisions, monitor growth and manage finances. Data entry workers are responsible for entering business information into company computer systems. Information can range from employee timekeeping to sales data or complex statistical information.
Employees who enter the data entry field obtain positions such as data keyer or word processor. You will use microcomputer applications to enter and process information such as customer financial information or medical records. Microcomputer applications may be customized to meet specific business needs but can also include basic applications like Microsoft Word or Excel. In some positions, you may be required to review information for accuracy prior to completing data entry and you may also provide clerical or administrative support. Solid grammar and communication skills are essential for this position. You should also have an eye for detail, customer service orientation and the ability to quickly categorize and order information.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that data entry keyers earned an average annual salary of $28,400 per year in 2010. The BLS also reported that the employment of data entry workers was expected to decline moderately at a rate of six percent due to better technology and more social acceptance of workers doing their own data entry. However the BLS also noted that job prospects are still expected to be good due to a higher turnover rate of data entry workers.
Most employers only require a high school diploma for entry-level positions in data entry and microcomputer applications since a lot of the training is done on-the-job. However, you can pursue certification programs to gain a competitive advantage when searching for jobs. Online data entry certification programs offer the convenience of distance learning. It is typically a 1-year program in which you can expect to learn about keyboarding, microcomputer applications, electronic calculation, spreadsheets and data security.