WHAT DO FILE CLERKS DO?
You alphabetized your DVD collection. Your sock drawer is color coded. Your dog is named "Database." You might be right for a file clerk job.
File clerks keep files and documents organized for companies. File clerks work with both paper documents and electronic files, and do routine tasks like data entry, organization, cross-referencing, scanning, copying and retrieval.
File clerks help maintain the document database, and help other employees find documents and files they are looking for, or help make sure that documents they are given are stored and labeled correctly for later use.
HOW MUCH DO FILE CLERKS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2010 median hourly income for file clerks was $14.42, or $29,990 per year.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
A high school diploma will get you started, but some employers might look to people with an associate's or bachelor's degree. Most of the training is done on site.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Communication: Understanding where files need to go, explaining to people how to request information or store information takes clear communication.
- Computer Skills: Files are often managed electronically, and databases can be complex. File clerks need to be able to understand and use computers.
- Discretion: File clerks might have access to sensitive information, such as social security numbers. They need to understand that this information is not to be used publicly or given to the wrong people.
- Organization: Databases need organization to work correctly. Putting files in the right place so they can be retrieved later is a big part of the job.
- People Skills: People come to file clerks to get help finding information. Being a friendly, active listener will help.
THE FUTURE OF FILE CLERKS
Not great. More electronic databases means less jobs. According to the BLS, file clerk jobs are expected to decrease by 5% between 2010 and 2020. Understanding database applications and being handy with computer technology will give you an advantage over the competition.