WHAT DO OFFICE CLERKS DO?
Office clerks do a little bit of everything around the office. Depending on the job, office clerks might answer phones, filing, data processing, faxing, envelope stuffing and mailing, message delivery, running errands, sorting incoming mail and much more.
Each office clerk job is a little different and varies by the office type. For example, a clerk at a marketing firm will have different duties than one working in a hospital office. Getting started as an office clerk, you will more than likely be doing a little bit of everything, but as you gain skills, you will be able to specialize or become a clerk manager.
HOW MUCH DO OFFICE CLERKS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, office clerks made a median income of $12.79/hour in 2010, or $26,610 annually.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
A high school diploma or GED is enough to get started as an office clerk. It is important to have some office skills, such as typing, good phone skills, word processing, etc. Most training is done on the job.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Communication: Office clerks might receive incoming calls or other information that needs to get to the right people. They work closely with many people in the office and must speak clearly and have good people skills
- Computer Skills: Office managers will have to work with computers to create word processing documents, spreadsheets, input data and many other projects.
- Customer Service: Office clerks will have to speak with people outside the company, including potential clients.
- Attention to Detail: When performing data processing or writing letters or other documents, office managers need to keep their work free of mistakes.
- Organizational Skills: Office clerks have many different jobs at once. Keeping them organized and straight is important.
CAREER PATHS FOR OFFICE CLERKS
THE FUTURE OF OFFICE CLERKS
Job growth for office clerks will grow steadily between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS. Businesses will grow and need office clerks, but new and better technologies will streamline the need for as many clerks. Keeping up to date with office technology will help you find and keep a job.