Data Entry Operator/​Transcriptionist
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
2 months ago

Pay for data entry operators / transcriptionists depends on their speed, accuracy and experience, as well as their employer.

  • Most data entry operators / transcriptionists earn between $32,000 and $45,000 a year.
  • Specialist medical typists usually earn between $37,000 and $44,000 a year.
  • Sources : Hays, '2016 Salary Guide', 2016; New Zealand Medical Association, 'Primary Health Care MECA 2014-2016', 2014.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Data entry operators / transcriptionists may do some or all of the following :

  • copy information from one form to another for example, from handwritten forms to computerised forms
  • type verbatim (word for word) from recorded conversations or dictation
  • check, edit and print documents
  • proofread written work.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Data entry operators / transcriptionists need :

  • a typing speed of at least 60 words per minute
  • excellent computer and word processing skills
  • to be familiar with word processing and other computer packages
  • good vocabulary and excellent spelling and grammar
  • good communication skills.
  • Working conditions

    Data entry operators / transcriptionists :

  • usually work regular business hours, but sometimes do shift or casual work
  • usually work in offices but may work from home.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements to become a data entry operator / transcriptionist. However, you will need good accuracy and speed when typing.

    Secondary education

    There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a data entry operator / transcriptionist. However, it is recommended that you have at least NCEA Level 2.

    Personal requirements

    Data entry operators / transcriptionists need to be :

  • good at listening
  • accurate
  • reliable, efficient and focused
  • able to keep information confidential
  • able to work well under pressure.
  • Court reporters also need to be able to cope with working with information from trials which may be unpleasant to hear.

    Useful experience

    Experience in computer work or word processing is useful for data entry operators / transcriptionists.

    Court reporters need to know relevant technical and legal words and phrases. Previous work in a legal office may also be useful.

    Physical requirements

    Data entry operators / transcriptionists need to have excellent hearing if they are typing from sound recordings.

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