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.
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.
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.
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.