Data conversion specialists typically have supervisors and work indoors on a computer during regular business hours. Although prior experience in data-manipulation is required for this position, a college degree is not necessarily required. Above all, they must understand the logic behind data, including where it came from, what it means, and the data's end purpose for successful migration/conversion to a different format.
These specialists are responsible for developing the process of converting data and must be able to work with tools such as Word, Excel, Access, and electronic databases of all kinds. They may work independently or on teams, and strong communication and customer service skills are also important in this position.
Data conversion specialists must be able to ask questions, get concise requirements, and speak to technical staff and business clients in understandable terms. They must also be able to interpret lists of requirements to ensure that finished products match and validate data to ensure successful conversions by conducting tests. Problem-solving skills are also important in this position for successful data conversion.
Data Conversion Specialist Tasks
Analyze and determine conversion requirements and specifications.
Assist with issue resolution, mentoring and training.
Identify, clarify and resolve issues and risks, escalating them as needed.
Communicate with clients to obtain guidance for the conversion process.
Design, develop and execute tests that confirm the success of the data conversion process.