What does a data entry job require?
As a data entry clerk you will have to introduce data into a computer system for storage and data management purposes or for processing. You will also update and maintain the information stored on computer systems. Sometimes, you will transfer information from paper to computer.
Data entry job description: this job involves good maths, English skills, computer skills and a lot of attention to details. Also, you have to work quickly and accurately in a busy environment. If you type quickly and you love working with computers, this place of work would be appropriate for you. You will need excellent customer service skills and an understanding of data confidentiality issues.
The type of information you have to introduce in the system depends from company to company. It can be medical, banking, marketing or other types of information. You may have to enter text and figures into databases. This work is often doubled by customer service assistant and contact centre operator roles.
What about studies?
You do not always need qualifications to work as a data entry clerk, although employers may prefer you to have GCSEs (grades A-C) or equivalent in English and maths, according to nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk. You also need to obtain good computing skills such as ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence).
However, most of the training will be on the job, you will learn how to use software packages or the computer systems that the company uses.
How much do I have to work as a data entry clerk?
For a full time data entry job you will have to work between 35 and 40 hours a week, but you can find also a part time job.
You can expect to a salary between $12,000 and $15,000 a year, in the beginning. With experience and additional duties you can achieve at least $18,000/ year.
So, if you have computer literacy, good maths, English skills, the ability to work fast and without mistakes and a good attention to detail, this job is for you.
A good news is that many companies choose to keep wide information in databases, so you could find a job in what type of industry you are interested in.