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Data Processor


A data processor provides administrative support for the capture and transfer of information for storage, processing or transmitting.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Operate personal computer equipment with Microsoft software applications   Above average computer experience with 10-Key data entry
  • Work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference
  • Apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations
  • Proven problem solving, communication, organization and customer service skills
  • Solve practical problems and to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form
  • Working in agriculture, knowledge of farming and animal agriculture terminology
  • Key in codes necessary to process information with a high level of accuracy.
  • Input information such as reports, mailing lists, accounts, payrolls, staff records and scientific information
  • Report, retrieve, confirm and update data that has been stored
  • Type and re-arrange information, including highlighting parts of the text, moving paragraphs from one page to another and formatting information into columns
  • Make alterations to information already stored on a computer
  • Print out reports, letters, labels and other documents as required
  • Sometimes required to undertake clerical duties


What education and training is required?

A high school diploma is necessary for a job as a data processor. Excellent computer skills are a must.


To pursue a career as a data processor:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, mathematics, business and computer courses.   


Where can I work?

Companies who sell or have in inventory large quantities often have data processors. Food packing plants often have data processors to keep track of origin and inventory. As well as animal production companies that must retain records on animals.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for data processor will be good over the next five years. 


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Commodity specific organizations
  • American Trucking Association
  • State Agribusiness Associations
  • National FFA Alumni Association 
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