Word processing operators type, edit and print documents, using computers with word processing software programmes and printers.
Word processing operators may perform the following tasks:
In some offices, operators spend all or most of their time doing word processing work. They may work alone or in a group with other operators. It is standard practice for operators to take regular rest breaks in order to minimise the occurrence of repetitive strain injury (RSI) to their arms and hands.
An audio transcript typist produces transcripts from digital audio recordings of court and parliamentary proceedings, tribunals, arbitrations, business conferences, lectures and medical reports.
A data processing operator uses computer terminals to transfer information into a database for storage, processing and transmission. They may input information in prescribed formats such as payrolls, staff records or scientific software programmes, and retrieve, confirm and update data in storage. They work in almost all industry sectors including government, manufacturing, education, retailing, banking and finance.
An offline captioner generates captions (or subtitles) for pre-recorded television programmes. The captions are then embedded in the recording and automatically transmitted when the programme eventually goes to air.