Word Processors and Typists
SOC: 43-9022.00


Use 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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
90,700 employed

Projected (2024):
76,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Addresser
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Alarm Signaler
  • Bordereau Clerk
  • Cable Operator
  • Clerk Typist
  • Continuity Clerk
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Data Transcriber
  • Dictaphone Typist
  • Document Processor
  • Ediphone Operator
  • Electromatic Typist
  • Legal Transcriptionist
  • Medical Typist
  • Notereader
  • Office Manager
  • Office Technician
  • Order Processing Specialist
  • Policy Writer, Typing
  • Processing Specialist
  • Program Assistant
  • Project Assistant
  • Receptionist
  • Script Girl
  • Script Worker
  • Secretary
  • Statistical Typist
  • Stencil Typist
  • Stenographer
  • Telegraphic Typewriter Operator
  • Transcribing Machine Operator
  • Transcription Typist
  • Typing and Filing Office Worker
  • Typist
  • Word Processing Machine Operator
  • Word Processing Specialist
  • Word Processor
  • Word Processor Operator
  • Word Processor Technician

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Check completed work for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and format.
  • Perform other clerical duties such as answering telephone, sorting and distributing mail, running errands or sending faxes.
  • Gather, register, and arrange the material to be typed, following instructions.
  • Type 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.
  • File and store completed documents on computer hard drive or disk, or maintain a computer filing system to store, retrieve, update and delete documents.
  • Print and make copies of work.
  • Keep records of work performed.
  • Compute and verify totals on report forms, requisitions, or bills, using adding machine or calculator.
  • Collate pages of reports and other documents prepared.
  • Electronically sort and compile text and numerical data, retrieving, updating, and merging documents as required.
  • Reformat documents, moving paragraphs or columns.
  • Search for specific sets of stored, typed characters to make changes.
  • Adjust settings for format, page layout, line spacing, and other style requirements.
  • Address envelopes or prepare envelope labels, using typewriter or computer.
  • Operate and resupply printers and computers, changing print wheels or fluid cartridges, adding paper, and loading blank tapes, cards, or disks into equipment.
  • Transmit work electronically to other locations.
  • Work with technical material, preparing statistical reports, planning and typing statistical tables, and combining and rearranging material from different sources.
  • Use data entry devices, such as optical scanners, to input data into computers for revision or editing.
  • Transcribe stenotyped notes of court proceedings.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Copy machines
  • Desktop calculators
  • Electric typewriters
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Paper shredders
  • Personal computers
  • Postage marking machines
  • Postage meters
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Blackbaud CRM
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • IBM Notes
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Oracle PeopleSoft software
  • Oracle Siebel CRM
  • SRSsoft SRS EHR
  • Swiftpage Act!

  • office and administrative support

    industry stats

    SOC: 43-0000

    Total Employed: 21,846,420

    Average Annual Salary: $36,330