Operate typewriters or computers to type and revise documents.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$23,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Typists do?

Operates typewriter or computer to type and revise documents: Compiles material to be typed. Reads instructions accompanying material, or follows verbal instructions from supervisor or person requesting document, to determine format desired, number of copies needed, priority, and other requirements. Types and revises material such as correspondence, reports, statistical tables, addresses, and forms, from rough draft, corrected copy, recorded voice dictation, or previous version displayed on screen, using typewriter or computer and word processing software. May verify totals on report forms, requisitions, or bills. May operate duplicating machine to reproduce copy. May be designated according to material typed, as Address-Change Clerk; Endorsement Clerk; Policy Writer; Record Clerk; Statistical Typist. May be designated: Application-Register Clerk; Filing Writer; Master-Sheet Clerk; Mortgage-Papers-Assignment-and-Assembly Clerk; Stencil Cutter; Tabular Typist; Title Clerk, Automobile.

Should I be a Typist?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Dictaphone Typist, Electromatic Typist, Medical Typist, Statistical Typist, Stencil Typist, Tabular Typist

    How to become a Typist

    Most Typists have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9plaaa&chl=no+college+%2870%25%29|certificate+%2817%25%29|associate%27s+%2813%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,70,70
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