September 02, 2005
The most commonly reported task for the 77 million workers who used a computer at work in October 2003 was accessing the Internet or using e-mail.
Three-quarters of workers who used a computer on the job said they used a computer to connect to the Internet or use e-mail. About two-thirds reported they used a computer for word processing or desktop publishing. Other common uses included spreadsheets or databases and calendar or scheduling. To a lesser extent, computers were used for graphics or design and programming.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Most common uses for computers at work on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/aug/wk5/art05.htm (visited November 25, 2015).
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.