- Spend your time entering data into computer systems
- Requires IT skills, typing accuracy and speed, and efficient time management skills
- Great experience of office environments and opportunity to develop useful skills
As a Data entry clerk your day-to-day tasks may include entering personal details of customers into a database, entering information for classified adverts in a newspaper, transferring paper-based market research results, updating patients' medical records, or processing invoices.
- Entering personal details of customers into a database
- Entering information for classified adverts in a newspaper
- Transferring paper-based market research results
- Updating patients' medical records
- Processing invoices
You'll usually work in an office environment.
This role would be ideal for someone with good IT skills, typing accuracy and speed, and efficient time management skills.
There are no set requirements for this role, but GCSEs in English and maths will help.
You can apply for jobs directly if you've got experience of word processing, spreadsheets and databases. You would normally be tested for keyboard skills and accuracy in entering data when you go for an interview.
You could move into data entry work if you've got office experience, for example, as an administrative assistant. Employers will then give you training on the job, covering their data entry systems.
Alternatively, you could get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship as an IT application specialist.
To improve your chances, you could take a college course to develop your computer skills while looking for work. Courses include a Level 1 Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT) and a Level 2 European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Certificate in IT User Skills.
With experience, you could become a supervisor or team leader. You could also train and mentor new employees.