National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.1

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1 - Business, finance and administration occupations

Occupations in this category include financial and business services, administration and clerical supervision and support services. Some occupations in this category are unique to the financial and business services sectors; however, most are found in all industries. The professional occupations in this area such as accountants, investment brokers and human resources specialists are usually supplied from educational programs specific to the profession or occupation. Some administrative and business occupations are supplied from experienced workers in related clerical occupations.

14 - Office support occupations

This major group comprises office support occupations usually requiring completion of secondary school. It includes general office workers; office equipment operators; financial, insurance and related administrative support workers; and library, correspondence and other clerks.

142 - Office equipment operators

This minor group includes data entry clerks, desktop publishing operators and those in related occupations. They are employed by typesetting firms, commercial printing companies, publishing and printing companies and various establishments that have in-house printing departments; and throughout the public and private sectors.

1422 - Data entry clerks

Data entry clerks input coded, statistical, financial and other information into computerized databases, spreadsheets or other templates using a keyboard, mouse, or optical scanner, speech recognition software or other data entry tools. They are employed in the private and public sectors.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • data control clerk
    • data entry operator
    • data input clerk
    • data processor
    • payment entry clerk

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • General office support workers (See 1411 General office support workers)
    • Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers (See 1211 Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers)
  • Main duties

    Data entry clerks perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Receive and register invoices, forms, records and other documents for data capture
    • Input data into computerized databases, spreadsheets or other templates using a keyboard, mouse, or optical scanner, speech recognition software or other data entry tools
    • Import and/or export data between different kinds of software
    • Verify accuracy and completeness of data
    • Identify, label and organize electronic storage media
    • Maintain libraries of electronic storage media.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school may be required.
    • College or other courses in data entry may be required.
  • Additional information

    • Progression to senior positions is possible with experience.
1423 - Desktop publishing operators and related occupations

Desktop publishing operators use computers to enter copy into a typesetting system or operate typesetting output equipment to produce text that is ready to print. They are employed by firms that specialize in typesetting, commercial printing companies, publishing and printing companies and various establishments in the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • braille keyboard operator
    • compositor - typesetting
    • computer typesetter
    • copy marker - typesetting
    • desktop compositor
    • desktop publishing (DTP) operator
    • input operator - typesetting
    • markup person
    • output operator - typesetting
    • photocomposition typesetter
    • phototypesetter operator
    • typographer

    All examples

  • Inclusion(s)

    • terminal operator
  • Exclusion(s)

    • Desktop publishing operator supervisors (See 1211 Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers)
    • Graphic arts copy stylists and paste-up artists (See 5223 Graphic arts technicians)
    • Graphic designers and illustrators (See 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators)
    • Pre-flight and file preparation operators (See 9472 Camera, platemaking and other prepress occupations)
    • Proofreaders (See 1452 Correspondence, publication and regulatory clerks)
  • Main duties

    The following is a summary of the main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

    • Desktop publishing operators operate desktop publishing software and equipment to design, lay out and produce camera-ready copy and may perform pre-flight operator duties.
    • Markup persons mark copy with computer codes and typographic instructions before it is typeset.
    • Typesetting input operators input copy, codes or commands and subsequent corrections into typesetting device or system; operate media conversion equipment to process and format copy transmitted through telecommunications.
    • Typesetting output operators operate and tend typesetting output devices, load and process photosensitive material and perform routine maintenance.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is required.
    • Completion of a college program in graphic arts, or other training in typography, computer typesetting or desktop publishing, is usually required.
  • Additional information

    • Progression to supervisory positions is possible through experience.
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