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Typists use a computer to produce letters, reports and other documents.
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
2. Skills required
- 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
Starter: £14,000 to £18,000
Experienced: £20,000 to £24,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work standard office hours, Monday to Friday. Part-time and temporary work are also widely available.
6. Career path and progressionWith 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: 13 September 2018