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Seven Professions Where Touch Typing Skills are Critical

Updated on January 23, 2016

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Touch Typing Skills

With the current extremely competitive job market many employers are searching for job applicants who have something beyond their academic qualifications. Apart from experience, such employers also want people with skills that are somehow related to the jobs they are applying for. Most organizations want people with good computer skills, communication skills, and higher ability to understand as well as implement strategies faster and quite effectively. If you lack good typing skills, it could work against you. In any case, touch typing is an easy skill to learn it can land you a great job. Below are some of the professions that require one to have good touch typing skills.

Administrative Assistant

In case you are a good planner, who pays attention to minor details and are good at working in a team, this is definitely the job for you. If you want to succeed in this field, you must be in position to type at least 60 wpm. Administrative assistants, mainly find opportunities to work in places such as attorney’s offices, sales offices, doctor’s offices or even executive headquarters. You can also work as an executive assistant to CEOs in large corporations. Good typing skills are necessary given that you be required to perform different tasks like communicating via email, organizing for meetings as well as creating spreadsheets and many other documents.


If you so keen at pointing out mistakes, being an editor may be your calling. The job still requires you to have great touch typing skills. As an editor, you can work for publishers, magazines or even freelance for your own private clients. Here, quality control will be your main domain and because you may have different projects with extremely tight deadlines sometimes running simultaneously, as an editor, you must be able to correct mistakes faster and accurately.

Freelance Writer

Those publishers and magazines which hire editors require writers too. Although others work directly for the organizations, some enjoy a more flexible lifestyle by working as freelancers. Either way, excellent keyboard skills are extremely necessary for you want to get your stories done on time. Writers that can type faster and accurately can do more assignments and hence earn more.

Medical Transcriptionist

Just in case you are a patient person with excellent listening skills, medical transcribing will suit you. However, for this to work, you need swifter fingers on the keyboard. Because medical transcriptionists deal with many legal documents and should understand medical jargon, this position requires special training. Fortunately, you can actually do it right from home. Should you be able to type about 75 words per minute, you can earn as much as $40000 per year. As for experienced transcriptionists who can type over 100 words per minute, the salary could even be more than $70,000 per year.


If you love watching murder mysteries and CSI-type movies, you can definitely become an excellent paralegal. In a nut shell, paralegals basically offer support for busy attorneys. Most of them work in law firms or even government offices and the duties involve performing tasks like drafting documents, organizing files and doing research. Paralegal, deal with time sensitive documents, hence time is of great essence. They therefore need exceptional touch-typing skills in order to work more effectively as well as meet deadlines.

Data Entry Clerk

Ideally, data entry jobs mainly involve entering as well as updating data in computer system databases, particularly from paper documents. As data entry clerk you will mainly use your keyboard, data recorder or the optical scanner to do this. The profession involves a lot of typing on the computer, hence your typing speed is quite critical as one is expected to abide by very strict deadlines.

Support Assistant

This is another profession where typing skills are very important. Besides having excellent filling and communication skills, you are required to have exceptional typing and data entry skills. You will be expected to enter registration forms in systems and update information where necessary. Other duties involve providing support to specific departments by recording relevant information into databases, typing documents, reconciling records as well as proofreading mailings. These roles require topnotch touch typing skills.

All these professions require one to have extremely sharp touch typing skills. In order to improve your speed as well as accuracy, you will need to use a renowned platform that is great at sharpening touch typing skills.


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    • Shadrack2 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      So true annart the skills are extremely important.

    • Shadrack2 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Claire-louise have you tried freelance writing?

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      I learnt to touch type over 40 years ago and have used it in so many situations since. I've been a secretary, mostly in a quantity surveyor's office where we had to type tomes for building projects! I've also used it for students at school (dyslexics who need help with literacy) and for my own writing. It's so useful to be able to dispatch letters and articles quickly.

      Good suggestions here and, as you say, the skill is invaluable.

      Thanks for following me.

    • Claire-louise profile image

      Claire Raymond 

      2 years ago from UK

      Excellent, I am a very fast touch typist, yet sadly I am finding it incredibly difficult to find a job and it's beginning to get to me! Great hub.

    • Shadrack2 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      MarleneB so true, most employers would go for someone who can type well and faster rather than one with papers.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      You bring up a very good point here. The job market is very competitive and employers truly are looking for people who have typing skills as well as other skills. I have a friend who was looking to hire an assistant. She read the resume of a person who had all the qualifications needed to make excellent decisions on the job, but the person only typed 30 words per minute. My friend said she would prefer to have someone who is less qualified in other areas in order to get someone who could type faster. She said that a slow typist would slow her business down. A fast typist could send out a letter in a minute, whereas a slow typist might take five to ten minutes to send out the same letter. It makes sense.

    • Shadrack2 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      SusanDeppner that is so amazing friend

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      Susan Deppner 

      2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I loved typing class (I think Blond Logic and I might have been in the same class about 100 years ago) and worked to maintain my position as fastest typist in the class. The skill has served me well, particularly when, many years later, I worked as a medical transcriptionist. Also like Blond Logic, I got my kids a typing program to help them learn proper touch typing and they're very glad they learned, too.

    • PaigSr profile image


      3 years ago from State of Confusion

      I tried taking typing three times in HS and college. And how did I learn? By helping enter registration cards for the folks I worked with. A little OT is a great incentive to learn.

    • Shadrack2 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Farawaytree these skills are extremely important

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      Michelle Zunter 

      3 years ago from California

      Good topic. An amazing amount of professionals don't know how to type properly. Cheers!

    • Shadrack2 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Mstechfreak that is amazing

    • Mstechfreak profile image


      3 years ago

      True story, I also thought it is unnecessary when I was younger, but then we took courses in and I'm very happy for that. Now I really feel comfortable touch typing a lot. :)))

    • Shadrack2 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      very true Blond Logic

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      Mary Wickison 

      3 years ago from Brazil

      I took typing in school (approx 100 years ago) LOL and at the time I remember thinking, "why am I taking this, I don't want to be a secretary."

      Thank goodness I stayed with it because it has been one of the most important skills I learned at school.

      I also made sure my kids could type. I bought a typing software program for them which was designed as a game. Their friends were amazed at how fast they could type. It is a skill which, as you point out is still very much in demand.


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