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Working As A Work-Study Assistant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $133,270

    Average Salary

What Does A Work-Study Assistant 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 Work-Study Assistant

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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Work-Study Assistant Career Paths

Work-Study Assistant
Crew Member Technician Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Manager General Manager Account Executive
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Unit Secretary Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Front Desk Coordinator Office Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Assistant Research Associate Program Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Operations Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Assistant Instructor Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Service Representative Client Service Specialist Client Relations Manager
Director Of Client Relations
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Sales Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Hostess Security Officer Account Manager
Director Of Sales And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Clerk Office Manager General Manager
Managing Partner
9 Yearsyrs
Ship Worker Security Officer Account Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Specialist Account Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Clerk Specialist Account Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Resident Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Quality Assurance
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Case Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Recruitment Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Office Manager Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Ship Worker Technician Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Hostess General Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Account Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Work-Study Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

63.6%

Male

34.2%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

77.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.3%

French

9.0%

Chinese

4.0%

Italian

3.5%

Mandarin

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

Arabic

3.1%

Portuguese

2.4%

Vietnamese

2.2%

German

2.2%

Korean

2.0%

Russian

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Hindi

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Urdu

0.9%

Swahili

0.7%

Swedish

0.4%

Dutch

0.4%

Hebrew

0.4%
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Work-Study Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

7.7%

Kaplan University

7.5%

Radford University

6.6%

University of Texas at El Paso

6.3%

West Virginia University

6.3%

Troy University

5.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.7%

Johnson & Wales University

5.4%

California University of Pennsylvania

5.4%

Morehead State University

5.2%

Jackson State University

5.2%

Bryant and Stratton College

4.5%

Liberty University

4.1%

El Paso Community College

3.6%

Ashford University

3.6%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.6%

University of Texas at San Antonio

3.4%

Saint Joseph's University

3.4%

New Mexico State University

3.4%

South Texas College

3.4%
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Majors

Business

18.9%

Psychology

10.4%

Criminal Justice

8.3%

Accounting

5.6%

Biology

5.4%

Medical Assisting Services

4.6%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Communication

4.4%

Nursing

3.8%

Social Work

3.8%

Graphic Design

3.7%

English

3.4%

Management

3.0%

Fine Arts

3.0%

Computer Information Systems

3.0%

General Studies

2.9%

Marketing

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Education

2.8%

Information Technology

2.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.5%

Other

18.7%

Associate

17.4%

Masters

11.3%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Work-Study Assistant

LabEquipmentPhoneCallsFinancialAidCustomerServiceDataEntryAssistanceVeteransFrontDeskPowerpointComputerLabStudentFilesSchedulingAppointmentsStudentInformationMathematicsAthleticDepartmentOfficeEquipmentCommunicationSkillsStudentRecordsSortComputerSkills

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Top Work-Study Assistant Skills

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Phone Calls
  3. Financial Aid
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained and cleaned laboratories and lab equipment.
  • Make photocopies, file papers, alphabetize and scan students documentations Handle phone calls when the supervisor are not available
  • Provided information to students and parents regarding financial aid.
  • Provide customer service skills such as patients, attentiveness and clear communication.
  • Set up appointments for customers, data entry, answer questions in phone and in person

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