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Typist

Typists use a computer to produce letters, reports and other documents.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £24,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements, but employers will expect you have a good standard of general education at GCSE level or equivalent.

You’ll need to have good keyboard skills, and previous experience of office work will help. You may be able to get experience through temporary work in an office.

Some employers may prefer you to have a recognised qualification in business administration.

You may be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship

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2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • IT skills
  • a good standard of English grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • efficient time management for meeting deadlines

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • copy typing – working from hand-written notes
  • audio typing – typing while listening to spoken notes on audio tape
  • shorthand typing – taking notes in shorthand and typing up the information later
  • working with computer spreadsheets and databases
  • answering the telephone
  • handling enquiries
  • using office equipment like photocopiers and franking machines
  • dealing with post and emails
  • filing documents

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £18,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £24,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work standard office hours, Monday to Friday. Part-time and temporary work are also widely available.

6. Career path and progression

With experience and training, you could become a secretary, personal assistant or office manager. 

You could also become self-employed.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017