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With the rise of the computer age, jobs in data entry have become far more common. Data entry involves using computer programs to transcribe existing data into forms computer systems can accept and manipulate to suit a business's needs. These forms of data often range from word processing documents to numeric information.
Online data entry classes may be included in the curriculum of certain fields of study. For example, if you are majoring in business or accounting, you may come across data entry courses. Alternatively, you could take these courses individually, without enrolling in a specific program of study.
Some examples of schools that offer these online training courses include DeVry University and ITT Technical Institute. Classes may last from a trimester to a semester, depending on the university's policy.
Types of Classes
Online courses focus on different aspects of data entry. One class may focus on memorizing the position of numeric keys, while another class may aim to develop your word typing speed.
Aside from Internet access, data entry classes may require you to purchase textbooks or common word processing or spreadsheet software.The overall cost of online classes varies between universities. For example, courses from a private, for-profit school may range from $220 to $540 each (as of 2010) if you are a full-time student.
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