Administration & Office Support

Word Processing Operator

Word processing operators use computer software to create documents. They type, alter and then print or store the finished documents.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

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What does a Word Processing Operator do?

Word processing operators use computer software to create documents. They type, alter and then print or store the finished documents.

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Work activities

As a word processing operator, you would:

  • use the appropriate format for the style of document you are typing
  • edit documents as required
  • type documents from digital dictation or audio files
  • use specialist functions such as mail merge or referencing tools
  • manage electronic documents and records.
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Key skills and interests

To become a word processing operator, you would need:

  • a good command of English, or the language you are working with
  • excellent spelling and grammar skills
  • good communication skills
  • a high level of typing speed and accuracy
  • good concentration
  • an understanding of computer software products
  • the ability to work independently.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a word processing operator, you would work a standard number of hours each week. Part-time, evening and temporary work is readily available.

Conditions

You would spend all your time in front of a computer. Usually you would be based in an office environment which would often be open plan. You may also be able to work from home typing documents from digital audio files.

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How to become an Word Processing Operator?

Entry Level Education

You may work as a word processing operator without formal qualifications. You would get some informal training on the job. A VET qualification in secretarial skills or business administration may improve your chances of a role in this occupation.

Most employers would have benchmarks for typing speed and accuracy.

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Job outlook

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Overall employment of administrative assistants, including word processing operators, is projected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations, and most likely will decline.

Technology is expected to continue to substitute for some word processing and secretarial functions, and enable other staff to prepare their own documents without the assistance of administrative staff.

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