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Old 09-20-2015, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Portsmouth, VA
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I was wondering if these jobs still exist. I had to laugh when I was watched the video, because when I was working data entry jobs back in the 90s they only paid $7. I dropped out of college, perhaps I do have the equivalent of an associates degree (as mentioned in the satire). The only thing that got me out of data entry jobs were call center jobs. Those obviously paid more, but not much. FWIW I'm not in the call centers anymore and I am grateful for it. 20 years and $7 an hour lost, or just par for the course these days?
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Old 09-20-2015, 10:37 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I haven't seen much in the way of data entry jobs since we eliminated that department at the place where I worked in favor of on-line realtime data entry by customer service staff in the 1980s. There are still some people doing it for the healthcare industry, mostly home-based contractors. Where I work in commercial real estate, the lease administrators will enter lease data for rent billing but that's only one part of their job.
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Old 09-20-2015, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Greater NYC, USA
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Allot of data entry and call center jobs have been out sourced to 3rd world country.

So when I am trying to get some-one on the phone from my credit card, I get an Indian who claims his real name is John and he tries to speak with Texacian pronunciation.

I started working in computer programming in 90th. Back then computer technology was not yet as a household item as it is now. Back then not every house hold had a computer. Data Entry job would tech people basic computer literacy.

I have mentioned that I started in Computer Programming in the 90 for a reason.

In the 90th the major drive for computer programmers was to eliminate data entry jobs. We would literary go around the company and ask people what data entry they were doing and then we we went to out white board and designed software to eliminate this.

In 2000 there was a major drive in getting Y2k compliant.
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Old 09-20-2015, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Portsmouth, VA
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I haven't seen much in the way of data entry jobs since we eliminated that department at the place where I worked in favor of on-line realtime data entry by customer service staff in the 1980s. There are still some people doing it for the healthcare industry, mostly home-based contractors. Where I work in commercial real estate, the lease administrators will enter lease data for rent billing but that's only one part of their job.
That is what I was running into. A job listing might say data entry, but you're also doing 10 other things on the job. If you do not have those interpersonal skills, you don't get the job, regardless of how strong the data entry skills are.
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Old 09-20-2015, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Portsmouth, VA
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Allot of data entry and call center jobs have been out sourced to 3rd world country.

So when I am trying to get some-one on the phone from my credit card, I get an Indian who claims his real name is John and he tries to speak with Texacian pronunciation.

I started working in computer programming in 90th. Back then computer technology was not yet as a household item as it is now. Back then not every house hold had a computer. Data Entry job would tech people basic computer literacy.

I have mentioned that I started in Computer Programming in the 90 for a reason.

In the 90th the major drive for computer programmers was to eliminate data entry jobs. We would literary go around the company and ask people what data entry they were doing and then we we went to out white board and designed software to eliminate this.

In 2000 there was a major drive in getting Y2k compliant.
Well, in business if you do not eliminate costs and become more efficient you're getting left behind.
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Old 09-20-2015, 11:09 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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My organization outsourced data entry to a company that can do it faster and cheaper than we could. It allowed us to focus more on our core mission.
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Old 09-20-2015, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Portsmouth, VA
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My organization outsourced data entry to a company that can do it faster and cheaper than we could. It allowed us to focus more on our core mission.
Are they temps on site or do they work from home, or in another office somewhere else?
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Old 09-20-2015, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Yup. I had a data entry job until January.
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Location: Ohio
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Outsourcing is only part of the explanation for the disappearance of these jobs. A lot of data entry these days is done by the customer, entering their own data into a web-based form. It's much more efficient than having the customer fill out a paper form and paying an employee to type the contents of the form into a computer.
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Old 09-20-2015, 01:21 PM
 
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I am lucky, for now, that for the past 5 years I have had 3 major jobs all with data-entry...that being said, I do know certain giants like Google have developed programs where everything is automated like Five-9 (in the clouds)
I do know programs where even medical billing will be automated...so every industry is getting hit.
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