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Data entry training provides students the necessary knowledge to proficiently enter and store information on a computer. Also known as word processors or typists, data entry workers are employed in banks, legal firms and medical offices.
Data entry training can be obtained through a one-year certificate program. Prospective students have the option of taking courses either through community colleges, technical colleges or business schools.
Through coursework, students will become familiar with word processing, grammar skills, spreadsheets, database management and business math. Students will also learn how to increase their typing speed by preparing reports, letters and other forms of interoffice communication.
Students looking for a way to pay for data entry training can utilize Federal Student Aid programs, which offer financial assistance in the form of grants, loans and work-study programs.
Experienced data entry professionals usually advance their careers by obtaining an associate’s degree to become an administrative assistant with emphasis in either the medical or legal areas. It is recommended that students choose programs that are accredited. Those who attend accredited programs are eligible to sit for certification.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for a data entry worker as of May 2008, was $26,120.
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