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Word Processing Specialist

Overview: Word processing specialists use computer word processing and graphics software to type and prepare reports, memos, statistical tables, brochures and other complex documents. They update and edit information contained in "spreadsheets" and "data bases" to keep accurate organization records.
Duties: They use computer terminals to 'capture' or enter information and graphic images into a software system. They create and print reports, data tables, business spreadsheets, brochures, etc.

They use interactive or menu controlled software to combine and re-arrange information and graphics from different software sources to prepare new documents.

They work with management to design new advertising brochures and business reports. They review 'rough drafts' with management to decide upon layout, graphics and print styles.

They create computer-based spreadsheets and data bases to record and update an organization's business transactions. They prepare and print management reports in formats needed.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Office Administration and Technology: Administrative Secretary 
A.A.S. Office Administration and Technology: Office Technology: Word/Information Processing 
Job Outlook: Employment of word processors is expected to decline slightly through 2018 due to most workers' ability to input their own reports, letters, etc. on the computer. Opportunities will become available as workers transfer to other occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $25,000 to $30,000
Education Level: The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.
Additional Training/Education: A high school diploma plus formal training in computer word processing and graphics software is the educational background required. Certificate programs are offered by technical and business institutes and community colleges requiring about eight to twelve months of classroom training. Many large companies and government agencies often provide specialized training for new employees.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.