A keyboard operator transcribes an old document

Keyboard Operator

Keyboard Operators input and process text and data, and prepare, edit and generate documents for storage, processing, publication and transmission.

Overview

Keyboard Operators input and process text and data, and prepare, edit and generate documents for storage, processing, publication and transmission.

Day-to-day

  • 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.

Considerations

  • stressful.

Occupation snapshot
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$1,035 / week
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Stable
Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Keyboard Operator

  • You can work as a Keyboard Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as secretarial and clerical studies, keyboarding, business and management and information technology.

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