Data entry and information processing workers
Number employed in 2006: 492,000
Percent change in 2016: -7.2 percent
Education/training: Employers look for candidates with a high school diploma, prior word processing or data entry experience, and accurate, fast typing skills when hiring.
2006 median salary: The median salary of word processors and typists was $29,430, and the median salary of data entry keyers was $24,690.
Job outlook: Job opportunities for word processors and typists will decline the most, as more people own personal computers and do their own typing. Positions in data entry will fall as well, but at a slightly lower rate due to the cost of purchasing new technology such as barcode scanners and voice-recognition software.
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