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Document Imaging Specialist

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Summary

Covert company files into digital format.

What does a Document Imaging Specialist do?

Imagine yourself walking into a room filled with heaping piles of paperwork. You start rolling up your sleeves before you’re even aware of it, itching to dig in and get that mess organized. If that scenario describes your ideal job, then a position as a Document Imaging Specialist might fit the bill for your career goals.

Document Imaging Specialists are not the master of the file cabinet, however. Instead, you take all those papers, scan each one of them, and permanently store them in an electronic database. That takes a lot of time. It also requires a lot of computer memory, which is why the industry hasn’t really taken off until recently. Now, the memory drives are inexpensive enough that even the smallest businesses can afford them.

Turning those mounds of paper into a neatly organized file on the computer requires enough know-how to run the scanning equipment, and also acute attention to detail. You wouldn’t want to be the head on the chopping block when you misplace or poorly scan an image, so a Document Imaging Specialist checks each document for quality.

While you’re at it, you make sure that you follow protocol. Some businesses might have you scan the information, but still keep every scrap of paper in a file onsite. Other companies will have you scan the document, but then send it to an offsite storage facility. And some will destroy each form as soon as it hits the permanent online storage unit.

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