Typist v Word Processor Operator

Modern technology with computers and electronics is an essential progression from the good old typewriter (which many may not remember). But no matter what communication you work with, vocabulary has never changed.

Never quite know what my role is called nowadays. When you say “work is at typing” it sounds fine, but when you say “work is at Word Processor Operator” this sounds a little odd. Yes, definitely a typist for me!


Lynley McGowanModern technology with computers and electronics is an essential progression from the good old typewriter (which many may not remember). But no matter what communication you work with, vocabulary has never changed. (Mmm maybe a little... every now and then US spelling seems to creep in, but that is soon put right!!)

The typist is an important role in any business entity. The written word is there for everyone to see and reflects not only on yourself, but also the business you work for. Precision and accuracy, both in grammar and punctuation are essential as well as keeping consistency and quality control in the presentation of the work completed. With deadlines to meet, this can add extra pressure to complete documents in a short time frame, so it is vitally important that a high standard of presentation is still maintained.

Working in large firms can be challenging, with many staff having their own little idiosyncrasies; but this is what gives my job the variety I enjoy,
The team at WK are great to work with. That is why I am proud to say, I am still the typist here at WK, after many years tapping away at the keyboard.

Author: Lynley McGowan