Growth Trends for Related Jobs

Data Capturer Job Description

careertrend article image
psphotograph/iStock/Getty Images

A data capturer, commonly referred to as a data entry and information processing worker in the U.S., captures data into computers in a variety of industries. Not requiring very much training or experience, it is often a suitable job for people right out of high school.

Job Details

careertrend article image
a-wrangler/iStock/Getty Images

Data capturers put information into computers. There are different types of data capturers. For instance, word processors and typists type in text for reports and mailing labels or may transfer highly complex or technical data, such as tables and graphs. Other types of data capturers, called data entry keyers, are charged with the responsibility of inputting less complex information into computers, such as lists, customer information, or medical records, for example. Sometimes they work with technology such as scanners or electronic files. It isn’t uncommon for data capturers to do other administrative duties around the office, such as office support. Most data capturers work standard work hours, but some are able to work from home and during non-business hours.

Education Requirements

careertrend article image
shironosov/iStock/Getty Images

Data capturers are commonly high school graduates without training, learning the field on the job. Basic requirements are spelling and grammar skills, familiarity with word processors, computers, and office equipment.

Average Income

careertrend article image
TongRo Images/TongRo Images/Getty Images

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average income for data capturers who work as typists or in word processing is $33,720 and for data capturers who work in data entry keying is $28,000, as of May 2009.


Based in Florida, Anne Boynton has been writing nonfiction articles since 2008. Her articles appear on various websites. Boynton has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2006.

Photo Credits

psphotograph/iStock/Getty Images