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Learning to type fast is one of a few digital skills that can make a difference when you’re applying for a new job or hoping to break into a new career. Touch typing, the ability to type using all your fingers without looking at the keyboard, is critical. It improves a team’s efficiency, decreases errors, boosts written communication, and enhances productivity. These are a few reasons why employers value this skill so highly.

To highlight this critical skill, we’re going to be looking at the fastest typer, worldwide, both now and throughout history. This way, you can see what’s achievable with a bit of practice, skill, and luck. We’ll also discuss other digital skills necessary for today’s careers.

Touch typing training with Academy of Learning Career College can help improve your typing speed and accuracy. In addition, AOLCC has complete training for technology, administrative, business jobs, and more. With career training, you can begin or level up in your career.

Typer vs. Typist, which is correct?

Before digging into the world of typing, we must discuss something important – which word is correct! While “typist” is technically correct, the word “typer” is also commonly used in conversation. Many people now use the word “typer” in conversation to describe someone who is typing. This is because as we speak, we can change the words we use to better express ourselves.

For example, many of us know that “whom” is grammatically correct, but we still use “who”. Why? Well, because it’s easier for us in conversation! Typing is a relatively new phenomenon, so it makes sense that the wording is evolving. Until around ten years ago, the word “tweet” was not used in reference to social media. Maybe our language is evolving, and who knows, may be one day the word “typer” will be formally added to the dictionary.

Who is the fastest typist in the world?

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Since 2005, The current official holder of the title of fastest typer in the world wpm, on a computer, is Barbara Blackburn (using a Dvorak simplified keyboard and typing in the English language). Barbara’s record has managed to remain unbeaten, with a top typing speed of 212 words per minute (wpm).

Barbara rose to fame in 1985, when the Guiness Book of World Records listed her as the world’s fastest typer. To gain this record, she had a typing speed of 170 wpm. Barbara had honed her skills working as a legal secretary in Kansas City. Even over longer periods of time, she was able to maintain extremely high averages. For example, when typing for over 50 minutes, she was still able to manage an impressive 150 wpm. That’s faster than most people speak!

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Although Barbara holds the official Guinness World Record title for the fastest typer in the world wpm, there have been many unofficial contenders. For instance, Guilherme Sandrini from Brazil achieved a typing speed of 241.82 wpm on an online typing platform, using the standard QWERTY keyboard.

Sean Wrona set another record at the Ultimate Typing Championship with a speed of 256 wpm. Although not officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, Wrona was also able to reach a higher speed than Blackburn’s endurance typing record. He reached a speed of 174 wpm over a 50-minute duration.

Many competitions, official and unofficial, seek to find who is the fastest typist in the world. And, thanks to the rise of typing apps and competitions, it has been easier for individuals to test themselves. Then, they can compete against Barbara’s high typing speed.

History of the Fastest Typists

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Rose Luisa Fritz

Rose Luisa Fritz was just 17 years old in 1906 when she won the title of the world’s fastest typist, using her custom-built Underwood typewriter. She reached speeds of between 80 and 100 words per minute. Fritz travelled throughout the world demonstrating her typing skills. Later in life, she became a private school teacher.

Word of her typing skills even reached the Prince of Wales, who stopped by to see Fritz’ skills in person. She typed a 113 word sheet up in front of him in just 60 seconds. Plus, there were no mistakes and the document had perfect punctation. Then, the Prince asked Fritz to sign it, so he could have it as a souvenir.

Albert Tangora

In 1923, more than twenty years before Stella’s record, Albert Tangora achieved a record speed of 141 words per minute. He also achieved a record for endurance typing – 147 wpm over a one hour period. He used an Underwood Standard manual typewriter, with a QWERTY keyboard.

No typist has ever managed to beat Albert’s typing record using a manual typewriter. Albert won the typing competition set by the International Commercial Schools Association a total of seven times.

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Stella Pajunas-Garnand

In the days before computers, the highest typing speed ever recorded was 216 wpm. Stella Pajunas-Garnand from Chicago achieved this record in 1946. She became the world’s fastest typer using an IBM electric typewriter with the QWERTY keyboard layout.

Mohd. Kursheed Hussain

The official fastest typer of the alphabet (with spaces between each letter) is SK Ashraf . In 2017, he set the Guiness World Record for the challenge, recording an official time of 3.37 seconds.

Michael Shestov

Typing in a variety of the 27 languages he was fluent in, Russian army clerk and multilingualist, Michael Shestov, typed 801 words in five minutes. He averaged 160 words per minute.

Other Key Digital Skills Needed in the Workforce

Typing has become so common we use it almost every day, along with many other technological advancements. There is no doubt that technology has reached widespread use in businesses today. We see it used all the time – all documents stored on the computer, remote jobs, business done over the internet, and more. Digital skills help you to work with technology to share, manage, create, and complete tasks. Besides typing, here are a few other key digital skills you need to succeed in a career:

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Microsoft Office

When you apply to a new job, chances are the employer will ask if you are proficient in Microsoft Office. And businesses everywhere use this software, which requires the use of digital skills. For example, you use digital skills to create an excel spreadsheet and share it with others. At AOLCC, you can study Microsoft office courses to gain an understanding of this commonly used software.

Data Analysis

Data analysis has also grown to become a huge part of business operations. Businesses must look at data to learn useful information and make smart decisions to guide the company. In the past, bias could badly affect the choices made by a company. Now, data gives an independent source of information to base decisions on. You can study data science and AI training to gain the skills that so many employers seek.

Coding and Development

These skills are not necessarily required by every career. However, they’re important to learn if you want to secure on of the most in demand jobs in Canada today. This field is one of the fastest growing, and employers are actively looking for individuals with these skills. Yet, 73% of potential employees described themselves as beginners in this field. As technology usage becomes even more prevalent, employers will be looking more and more for employees with these skills. So, software and web developer training is a sure way to open up opportunities.

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Do you have the digital skills needed for work? If you don’t feel confident, you’re not alone. 37% of employees feel confident in their technology use. And, 68% of employers in Canada say they are having a hard time finding employees with the skills they need to grow the company. But, you can study in programs or courses to gain these skills to prepare you for the workforce.

With AOLCC you can study IT training.

Speedy Keys Challenge

We hope you’ve enjoyed a look at the fastest typist from the past and current day! And, seeing other key digital skills needed in a career today. If you’re feeling inspired to improve your typing, consider taking a touch typing course to boost your confidence and skills in this area.

Do you think you’re the next Barbara Blackburn? We want to see your typing skills! With Speedy Keys, we’re searching to find the fastest touch typist in the Canada! Test your typing speed and submit as many applications as you’d like. Maybe you can make it to the Guiness Book of World Records.