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Data Entry Operator

Keep reading to discover how to become a data entry operator in the information technology sector. Included below is information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Data Entry Operator is $52,600 - 62,300 annually

What does a Data Entry Operator do?

Data entry operators provide a variety of services related to the manual processing of information such as text or codes. The workforce has been fairly stable over the past five years and is expected to decrease slightly from 57, 700 in 2017 to 55, 000 by 2022. It is anticipated that 34, 000 job openings will be available over this period.

Read more about the information technology industry.

What are the key skills of a Data Entry Operator?

Data entry officers are skilled in clerical work. Depending on their job role they may perform tasks such as transcribe verbal information, proofread and correct copy, code data or maintain data storage systems.

  • Strong computer literacy including the ability to navigate databases
  • Attention to detail
  • Create data backups
  • Assist authorised co-workers to access information within the database or storage
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Good grammar, punctuation and numeracy skills.

How to become a Data Entry Operator

Formal requirements are not essential to become a Data Entry Operator, however, it's recommended to study a computer or business course to build the relevant skills.

Studying a ICT30120 - Certificate III in Information Technology can be a great qualification to study as it can give you the skills needed to perform the role.

Quick facts

Working as a data entry officer could prove to be a solid career choice. Here are some facts about a career as a data entry officer.

Employment for Data Entry Operators has been predicted to grow over the next five years, as of 2020.

  • Average Hours Worked
    40 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Health care and social assistance; public administration and safety; and professional, scientific and technical services
  • Job Growth
    Expected to grow over the next five years, as of 2020. 

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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