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Most data entry clerk positions require candidates to have received a high school diploma or equivalent. However, many employers are now seeking candidates who have earned a college degree in administrative services, telecommunications, computer sciences or software development. Employers are looking for for employees that demonstrate excellent typing skills, knowledge of office equipment and computer hardware. Applicants pursuing a career as a data entry clerk must have strong communication skills, the ability to meet deadlines without jeopardizing their quality of work and the ability to identify and resolve problems promptly. Many organizations and corporations offer entry-level positions that offer hands-on job training.
As a data entry clerk you should possess basic knowledge of computers and be comfortable using one, alongside other devices such as a scanner, photocopier or fax machine.
It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with computer software programs including spreadsheets and word documents. You should also take some typing courses or utilize online resources for typing practice tests to be a data entry clerk.