A typist uses computers with word processing programs to type letters, articles or documents. Typewriters are not often used any more.

The typist:

  • prepares neatly typed copies of hand-written, printed and recorded documents

  • prepares addresses for envelopes

  • types headings on form letters and performs other routine typing chores.

An experienced typist performs tasks which require a high degree of accuracy and independent judgement such as planning and typing of complicated statistical tables, combining and rearranging of materials from different sources and preparing of master copies to be produced on copying machines.

The typist may type letters, reports, forms and memos from dictating equipment or operate high speed typewriters with programmed memories. Sometimes other clerical duties such as filing and answering telephones have to be done as well.

The work of a typist depends on the nature of the job and type of company or department. The typist may work in a typing pool where the supervisor distributes the work. Completed work is handed in and a new assignment is then tackled.

As the work of a secretary is becoming more and more complex with a variety of tasks, the typist may assist the secretary in typing documents such as letters or reports.


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  • regional administrations

  • educational and research institutions

  • embassies

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