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Weekly Career Profile: Office Clerks

By December 12, 2012

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What do office clerks do? Just about everything. They sort the mail, file, answer phones, type correspondence, input data and run errands. Duties vary by employer and level of experience. They may also differ from day to day as an employer's needs change.

How do they learn how to do all of this? They get some of their training on-the-job where they will learn about the equipment and procedures specific to that workplace. Many also take business education classes while in high school. In these classes they will learn word processing and other computer applications, as well as general office procedures.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be a wealth of job openings for office clerks over the next several years. This will be due to new jobs as well as ones created by turnover (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition).

If you are considering this occupation, you should get the facts. Read Office Clerk: Career Information. Learn more about job duties and outlook and find out how much they typically earn. Talk to those who are working in this field since first hand accounts are invaluable. Arrange an informational interview. Someone in your network may know someone if you do not.

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