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Become A Clerk Typist

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Working As A Clerk Typist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $40,522

    Average Salary

What Does A Clerk Typist Do

General office clerks perform a variety of clerical tasks, including answering telephones, typing documents, and filing records.

Duties

General office clerks typically do the following:

  • Answer and transfer telephone calls or take messages
  • Sort and deliver incoming mail and send outgoing mail
  • Schedule appointments and receive customers or visitors
  • Provide general information to staff, clients, or the public
  • Type, format, or edit routine memos or other reports
  • Copy, file, and update paper and electronic documents
  • Prepare and process bills and other office documents
  • Collect information and perform data entry

Rather than performing a single specialized task, general office clerks have responsibilities that often change daily with the current needs of the employer.

Some clerks file documents or answer phones; others enter data into computers or perform other tasks using software applications. They also frequently use photocopiers, scanners, fax machines, and other office equipment.

The specific duties assigned to clerks will depend on the type of office in which they work. For example, a general office clerk at a college or university processes application materials and answers questions from prospective students. A clerk at a hospital files and retrieves medical records.

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How To Become A Clerk Typist

General office clerks typically need a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their skills on the job.

Education

General office clerks usually need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Courses in using computer applications, such as word processing and spreadsheet software, may be particularly helpful.

Training

General office clerks usually learn their skills while on the job. Their training typically lasts up to 1 month and may include instructions on office procedures, proper phone etiquette, and the use of office equipment.

Advancement

General office clerks may advance to other administrative positions with more responsibility, such as executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants.

Advancement opportunities often depend on work experience and the knowledge of computer applications, such as word processing and spreadsheet software.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Clerks often provide general information to company staff, customers, or the public. They should be courteous and prompt with their responses.

Detail oriented. Clerks perform many clerical tasks, such as preparing bills that require attention to detail.

Organizational skills. Office clerks file and retrieve records. They need to keep records organized to be able to access them quickly and efficiently.

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Clerk Typist Career Paths

Clerk Typist
Office Manager Accounts Payable Clerk Staff Accountant
Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Operator Accounting Clerk Accounts Receivable Specialist
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Secretary Legal Assistant Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accountable Clerk Bookkeeper Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Clerk Technician Service Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Legal Secretary Office Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Administrator Secretary Executive Secretary Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Controller Chief Finance Officer
Chief Executive Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Legal Assistant Account Manager Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Accounting Clerk Accountant
Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Clerk Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Secretary Office Administrator Property Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Clerk Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Administrator Secretary Office Administrator Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Legal Secretary Paralegal
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Operator Data Entry Specialist Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Clerk Specialist Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Legal Assistant Specialist Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Clerk Typist Demographics

Gender

Female

89.5%

Male

8.8%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.9%

French

3.6%

Portuguese

2.4%

Italian

1.6%

Chinese

1.6%

German

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Mandarin

1.2%

Polish

1.2%

Samoan

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Armenian

0.8%

Carrier

0.8%

Swahili

0.4%

Romanian

0.4%

Hmong

0.4%

Ukrainian

0.4%

Filipino

0.4%

Malayalam

0.4%

Irish

0.4%
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Clerk Typist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.5%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

8.7%

Strayer University

8.1%

Community College of Philadelphia

5.2%

Kaplan University

5.0%

Prince George's Community College

4.6%

Troy University

4.2%

Grand Canyon University

4.0%

Essex County College

3.8%

American InterContinental University

3.8%

Liberty University

3.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.7%

Suffolk County Community College

3.7%

East Los Angeles College

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%

Temple University

2.7%

Delgado Community College

2.7%

Ashford University

2.7%

Pasadena City College

2.7%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

2.7%
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Majors

Business

31.1%

Health Care Administration

8.2%

Accounting

8.1%

Criminal Justice

5.9%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

5.5%

Psychology

4.0%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

Legal Support Services

3.1%

Nursing

3.0%

Human Resources Management

3.0%

General Studies

3.0%

Education

2.9%

Management

2.9%

Computer Science

2.5%

Medical Assisting Services

2.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.4%

Human Services

2.2%

English

2.2%

Communication

2.0%

Sociology

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

37.9%

Bachelors

24.5%

Associate

17.5%

Certificate

8.8%

Masters

7.5%

Diploma

2.9%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Clerk Typist

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  1. Phone Calls
  2. Outgoing Correspondence
  3. Data Entry
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  • Answered telephone calls from teachers, parents or school officials; referred special attendance problems to proper school officials.
  • Typed legal order and notices, outgoing correspondence drafted by approximately nine claim adjudicators and unit supervisor.
  • Performed data entry and routine administrative duties.
  • Served as organizational timekeeper and supply representative responsible for ordering all office supplies.
  • Distributed laboratory reports upon request to doctors, patients and other appropriate personnel.

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