A data processor is an administrative professional. Operating a numerical and word computer processing device, she inputs various types of information including documents, statistics and the like into her employer's content management system. Additionally, she possesses a thorough knowledge of all firm-wide recordkeeping procedures. This is an entry-level role.
Before entering information into a database, the data processor gathers and sorts it. Next he examines the documents for accuracy. He then enters all data into the database. In addition to being proficient on a variety of data processing software including Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Word, Excel and Access), he also has in-depth knowledge of any proprietary software his company uses. Additionally, he may be responsible for performing other administrative tasks, such as answering telephones, sorting mail and filing.
Data processors may find employment in every industry. Additionally, they are hired in both the public and private sectors. Temporary staffing agencies place data processors. Additionally, these roles can be found listed in the classified section of local newspapers, as well as on Internet job websites such as monster.com and careerbuilder.com. Alternatively, job seekers who are still in school yet who wish to gain data processing experience should explore internship opportunities through the career services office of their educational institution.
It is extremely important for a successful data processor to be detail-oriented. Depending on the information she is entering, any error may cost her firm money. She must also be comfortable performing the same duties in repetition. Because deadlines may be imposed, she must perform her work expediently.
A four-year degree is not required for aspiring data processors. Data processing is a role often performed by interns and those still in college, sometime even high school. Candidates seeking a full-time data processing opportunity should ideally have a high school diploma or equivalent. This role requires that candidates be excellent typists. These skills can be acquired through courses taken at a junior college or a proprietary school.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment within this industry is expected to decline by 7 percent through the year 2016. This is primarily due to advancements in computerized data capturing technology. According to SimplyHired.com, the average data processor working in the United States earns an annual salary of $32,000 (2009 data).