Typists use a computer to produce letters, reports and other documents.

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter


£24,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become a typist

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
  • specialist training from private providers


Some employers will prefer you to have a recognised qualification in administration. These courses are widely available and include:

  • Level 2 Award in Text Production
  • Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Business Administration
  • Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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You can get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship in business and administration.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Temporary or casual work, often through recruitment agencies, can be a common route into this type of work, and it can lead to permanent roles. 

Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs if you have fast and accurate keyboard skills. Experience of office work will help. You may be able to get experience through temporary work in an office.

Other routes

You can do specialist courses in business admin skills, including intensive ones, with private training providers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • administration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • copy typing - working from hand-written notes
  • audio typing - typing while listening to spoken notes on audio tape
  • shorthand typing - taking notes in shorthand and typing up the information later
  • working with computer spreadsheets and databases
  • answering the telephone
  • using office equipment like photocopiers and franking machines
  • dealing with post and emails
  • filing documents

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

With experience and training, you could become a secretary, personal assistant or office manager. 

You could also become self-employed.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Administration & Marketing Assistant

  • Wage : £159.75 Weekly
  • Location: Driffield YO25 4PD

Apprentice Receptionist / Administrator

  • Wage : £146.25 Weekly
  • Location: Stanford-Le-Hope SS17 0PH

Courses In England

Business Administration

  • Start date: 01 July 2021

NVQ Diploma in Business Administration

  • Start date: 01 September 2020

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