What Is a 10-Key Experience?

Ten-key experience is a measure of a person’s proficiency with a keyboard’s 10-key pad. This is widely used in data entry tasks where typing may be done with numbers rather than letters. It is simpler to concentrate solely on numbers when using the 10-key pad on a computer than it is to manage all of the letters plus the number line at the top of the keyboard.

Keystrokes per minute, or “kpm,” is the standard unit of measurement for 10-key experience. This is comparable to the typing metric known as “wpm,” or words per minute. Many jobs, including work-from-home customer service representatives, transcriptionists, and medical billers and coders, frequently require ten-key experience.

One can enrol in a course at a community college, use online tutorials, complete training at a public library, or receive training from a temp agency to acquire 10-key experience. Temp agencies frequently provide training in a wide range of other skills, including word processing, data entry, and spreadsheets, because they want to hire people.

The average hourly income for data entry keyers nationwide in May 2012 was $13.47, with the top ten percent making $20.00, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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