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Data Entry Keyer  What They Do

Just the Facts


Operates data entry device, such as keyboard or photo composing perforator. Duties may include verifying data and preparing materials for printing.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Administrative Support pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Reads source documents such as canceled checks, sales reports, or bills, and enters data in specific data fields or onto tapes or disks for subsequent entry, using keyboards or scanners.
  • Compiles, sorts and verifies the accuracy of data before it is entered.
  • Compares data with source documents, or re-enters data in verification format to detect errors.
  • Stores completed documents in appropriate locations.
  • Locates and corrects data entry errors, or reports them to supervisors.
  • Maintains logs of activities and completed work.
  • Selects materials needed to complete work assignments.
  • Loads machines with required input or output media such as paper, cards, disks, tape or Braille media.
  • Resolves garbled or indecipherable messages, using cryptographic procedures and equipment.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Data Processing Clerk -- Enters data into an office machine or a computer system.
  • Records Clerk -- Locates, retrieves, organizes and destroys company records as requested.
  • Typist -- Operates typewriter or computer to type and revise documents.
  • Check Processor --
  • Encoding Clerk --