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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

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How to become

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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 could do a Level 3 Business administrator apprenticeship. This would give you skills to use IT packages and systems like MS Office.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced 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.

Having an understanding of specialist terms can help in some roles, for example working in medical transcription or typing for legal firms, technical or scientific companies.

Other Routes

You can do specialist courses in business admin skills, including intensive ones, with private training providers. Many are available through online learning.

There are also specialist typing courses for things like medical or legal transcription typing work.

What it takes

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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 use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • copy type - working from hand-written notes
  • audio type - typing while listening to spoken notes on audio tape or from recorded meetings
  • take notes in shorthand and type up the information later
  • work with computer spreadsheets and databases
  • answer the telephone
  • use office equipment like photocopiers and franking machines
  • deal with post and emails
  • file documents

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

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

You could work in a specialist transcription role, providing typed transcriptions of audio recordings or MS Teams and Zoom recorded meetings, for example:

  • police interviews
  • focus groups and conferences
  • medical transcription

For some of these roles you may need specialist knowledge, for example of medical/pharmacology terms.

You could also become self-employed.

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