Data Entry Clerks

(NOC 1422)

in All Business, Finance, and Administration

Data entry clerks input coded, statistical, financial and other information into computerized databases, spreadsheets or other templates using a keyboard, mouse, or optical scanner, speech recognition software or other data entry tools. They are employed in the private and public sectors.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate decline employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 30 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 6600 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Data Entry Clerks most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 44% of Data Entry Clerks who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $37,729. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.00

Minimum

$19.23

Median

$23.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,190

Minimum

$24,247

Median

$47,716

Maximum

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$21.03

Median

$35.90

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,754

Minimum

$36,515

Median

$70,271

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Data entry clerks input coded, statistical, financial and other information into computerized databases, spreadsheets or other templates using a keyboard, mouse, or optical scanner, speech recognition software or other data entry tools. They are employed in the private and public sectors.

Job duties

Data entry clerks perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Receive and register invoices, forms, records and other documents for data capture.
  • Input data into computerized databases, spreadsheets or other templates using a keyboard, mouse, or optical scanner, speech recognition software or other data entry tools.
  • Import and/or export data between different kinds of software.
  • Verify accuracy and completeness of data.
  • Identify, label and organize electronic storage media.
  • Maintain libraries of electronic storage media.

Sample job titles

  • computer equipment operator
  • data control clerk
  • data entry clerk
  • data processing verifier
  • data processor
  • EDP (electronic data-processing) equipment operator
  • electronic data-processing (EDP) equipment operator
  • payment input clerk

Skills

Office equipment operators require finger dexterity and the ability to sit still for long periods of time, and they should not mind repetitive tasks. The widespread application of computer technology to the duties performed by many clerks means that a solid foundation in computer skills is often necessary for entry into these jobs. Good communication and interpersonal skills are also important, along with a willingness to learn and adapt to continually changing equipment and software.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school may be required.
  • College or other courses in data entry may be required.

Other considerations

Progression to senior positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

960

employed in 2016

76.1%

employed full-time

1.0%

self employed

75.1%
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24.9%
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42.1

median age

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

63,775

employed in 2016

81.3%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

73.4%
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26.6%
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47.9

median age

Where will I likely work?

56.6%

Halifax

14.5%

Cape Breton

13.3%

Northern

10.4%

Annapolis Valley

5.6%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

17.7%

Public Administration

15.6%

Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Leasing

15.1%

Retail Trade

14.6%

Health Care and Social Assistance

8.3%

Information, Culture & Recreation

What is the age of Employment?

30.0%

45-54

20.0%

55-64

18.9%

25-34

15.6%

15-24

13.3%

35-44

3.3%

65+

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

36.5%

45-54

28.0%

55-64

18.6%

35-44

10.7%

65+

6.0%

25-34

Top levels of education

34.4%

High school

$22,823 median annual income
34.4%

College certificate or diploma

$29,004 median annual income
17.4%

Bachelor's degree

$16,931 median annual income
5.0%

Less than high school

$30,932 median annual income
4.1%

Trades certificate

$32,884 median annual income

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

34.4%

College certificate or diploma

$33,837 median annual income
23.7%

High school

$30,074 median annual income
22.9%

Bachelor's degree

$39,473 median annual income
5.8%

Trades certificate

$32,871 median annual income
4.7%

Less than high school

$23,775 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

General office occupations and clerical services

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to provide basic administrative support under the supervision of office managers, administrative assistants, secretaries, and other office personnel. These programs include courses in typing, keyboarding, filing, general business correspondence, office equipment operation, and communications skills.

Institutions providing this program

Academy of Learning - Halifax

6960 Mumford Road, Suite 155-1st Floor Mumford Professional Centre

Halifax, NS B3L 4P1

(902) 455-3395

Centre for Distance Education

222 George Street, Suite C

Sydney, NS B1P 1J3

(866) 446-5898

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
10502 N Ambassador Dr., Ste. 100
Kansas City, Missouri 64153
Tel: (816) 891-6600
Fax: (816) 891-9118

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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