As a data entry clerk (or database administrator) it's your job to update and maintain information on computer systems and in archives. It's an important role as information in these systems is only valuable if it is accurate, up to date and useable.
There are jobs across all sectors including sales, marketing, banking, medical administration and education.
The job description is quite straightforward and your day will involve entering information into the computerised database. The type of information varies from company to company. If you work for a sales company for example it could be sales data or personal information on new clients, if you work for a research firm it could be market research survey results.
Information you work with might be text based or numerical. It could be paper-based information that needs logging into spreadsheets or databases.
As master of the archives, you might have a company facing role where it is your responsibility to help other employees find the information they need. It is also quite common as you move up the ladder to combine the role of data entry clerk with a customer service advisor role.
Hours and environment
It is an office-based job which usually requires you to work a 35-40 hour week.
Full-time and part-time opportunities and even some flexible working shifts are quite common these days.
Skills and interests
Accuracy is the name of the game when it comes to the skills needed to be a data entry clerk. The information you are working with is going to be used for senior level decision making and to reach customers so it's vital that it is correct. Businesses have to be sure they are mailing information to the right people, or even more importantly if you work in a bank, that the right bank details are recorded for each customer.
Skills you'll need include:
An ability to work to deadlines
An ability to work fast (but without mistakes)
Good attention to detail
If you want to combine your data entry role with a job in customer services then you'll need to demonstrate additional qualities including good communications skills and telephone manner.