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Data Entry Clerks

What they do?

Data entry clerks perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Receive and register invoices, forms, records and other documents for data capture

B. Input data into computerized databases, spreadsheets or other templates using a keyboard, mouse, or optical scanner, speech recognition software or other data entry tools

C. Import and/or export data between different kinds of software

D. Verify accuracy and completeness of data

E. Identify, label and organize electronic storage media

F. Maintain libraries of electronic storage media

Where they find work?

1. Public administration - 17.0%
2. Finance and insurance - 14.0%
3. Information and cultural industries - 9.0%
4. Wholesale trade - 7.0%
5. Transportation and warehousing - 7.0%
6. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 7.0%
7. Retail trade - 6.0%

What education do I need?

1. Completion of secondary school may be required.

2. College or other courses in data entry may be required.

3. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 2 in 5 have an undergraduate unversity degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Computer Basics - Word and Excel
2. English
3. Keyboarding

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Data Entry Clerks is $14.41/HR, which is below average for occupations in the business, finance and administration sector and are close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Data Entry Clerks wages

Expected Wage by Age

Data Entry Clerks Wage By Age


8% of Data Entry Clerks are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for intermediate occupations.


Data Entry Clerks Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Data Entry Clerks Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Data Entry Clerks is considered Below Average because:

1. Employment grew at a below-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($14.41) are below the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (8%) is above the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Below Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be below average because technological advances in data capturing technologies that allows employers to do more with fewer people.

2. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations Data Entry Clerks are found in Manitoba and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (30%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Computer literacy

2. Team work

3. Keyboarding

Part Time Workers

Data Entry Clerks Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

18% of Data Entry Clerks are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 57,300 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 22% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Data Entry Clerks Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The relatively high percentage of younger workers suggests more entry-level positions and jobs that may serve as stepping stones in a career. Despite an expected older-than-average worker (37), the retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average because they also tend to retire at a later age (60).

Self Employed

Data Entry Clerks Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 3% of Data Entry Clerks are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Data Entry Clerks Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

72% of the individuals employed as Data Entry Clerks are women. Compared to other industries, this is Above average.