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Employment Outlook

Data Entry Operator

Data Entry Operators input raw data into computer systems using a variety of type of software. Often Data Entry Operators will have fast and accurate typing skills along with proficient speed and accuracy in word processing software.


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Employment Levels

Around 43,000 people are currently employed as Data Entry Operators in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 43,000 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

30.4% of all Data Entry Operators are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Data Entry Operators is NT, with only 1.1%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 14.5% of Data Entry Operators being male and 85.6% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Data Entry Operators is 25-34 years old, with 23.4%. A small percentage (6.2%) of people get into this career path older, aged 60-64. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Data Entry Operators, with 13% aged 20-24.

Hours Worked

Data Entry Operators work an average of 34.7 hours a week which is 6.2 hours lower than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Data Entry Operators have a Years 11 & 10 qualification (26.8%) or are at a Year 12 level (23.3%). 47.8% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 52.2% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Data Entry Operator Duties & Tasks

Entering data and codes required to process information

Retrieving, confirming and updating data in storage and keeping records of data input

Taking verbatim records of proceedings in rapid shorthand using computerised equipment and shorthand-writing machines

Transcribing information recorded in shorthand and on sound recording equipment, and proofreading and correcting copy

Reading portions of transcripts during trials and other proceedings on request of Judges and other officials

Reproducing the spoken word, environmental sounds and song lyrics as captions for television programming, and the deaf and hearing impaired

Preparing reports, letters and similar material for publication and electronic transmission

Sorting outgoing material and preparing documents for transmission

Professional Associations & Groups



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.