Typists operate a computer to type, edit and generate a variety of documents and reports.
Operates a computer to type a variety of documents.
Proof-reads and corrects copy.
Transcribes information from audio equipment.
Prepares reports, letters and similar material for publication and electronic transmission.
Sorts outgoing material and prepares documents for transmission.
May take shorthand and do limited, routine clerical work.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Keyboard Operators, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 41% of people employed as Typists work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 25 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Typists||All Jobs Average|
Around 61% of Typists live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Typists is 50 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 92% of the workforce. This is 44 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Typists||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||10.3||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Typist. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as business management, secretarial and clerical studies or information technology.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Typists||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||3.5||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||23.0||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Keyboard Operators who are accurate, pay attention to detail and have strong computer literacy.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Talking to others.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Using maths to solve problems.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
34%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Looking for ways to help people.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
29%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
23%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Teaching people how to do something.
21%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
20%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
59%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
53%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
32%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
31%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
28%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
27%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
27%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
26%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
22%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
21%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
20%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
17%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
13%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
Read and understand written information.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Write in a way that people can understand.
39%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Do two or more things at the same time.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
67%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
66%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
62%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
61%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
60%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
59%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
53%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
49%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
47%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
47%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
46%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
44%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
41%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
41%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
41%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
37%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
36%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
30%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
29%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Talk with people face-to-face.
93%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
88%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Talk on the telephone.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
81%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
79%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
78%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Work with people in a group or team.
Use electronic mail.
74%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Work to strict deadlines.
69%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
67%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
63%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
59%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
58%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
57%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
53%Automation of tasks
Do tasks that are mostly automated.
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