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Working As A Work Study Student

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

  • Repetitive

  • $72,300

    Average Salary

What Does A Work Study Student 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 Student

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 Student jobs

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Work Study Student Career Paths

Work Study Student
Resident Assistant Case Manager Assistant Director
Acting Director
8 Yearsyrs
Ship Worker Instructor Chairperson
Advisory Board Member
6 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Licensed Practical Nurse Residence Director
Assistant Dean Of Students
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Instructor Assistant Director
Associate Director
8 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Operator Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Ship Worker Project Manager President
Chairperson, Board Of Directors
7 Yearsyrs
Crew Member General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Sales Person Loan Officer Senior Loan Processor
Client Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Registered Nurse Supervisor Career Services Director
College Director
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Project Manager Manager And Consultant
Consultant/Marketing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technical Support Specialist Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Unit Secretary Respiratory Therapist
Director Of Clinical Education
11 Yearsyrs
Resident Assistant Office Manager Instructor
Director Of Instruction
6 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Utilization Review Nurse Knowledge Management Specialist
Knowledge Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clerk Operations Manager Owner
Owner/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Office Manager General Manager
Owner/Operator
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Marketing Director Vice President
President/Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Clerk General Manager Vice President
Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Account Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
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Work Study Student Demographics

Gender

Female

67.7%

Male

29.8%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

78.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.8%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.0%

French

11.8%

Chinese

4.3%

German

4.1%

Mandarin

3.5%

Italian

3.5%

Russian

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Korean

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Portuguese

1.6%

Hindi

1.4%

Cantonese

1.2%

Greek

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Swedish

0.8%

Hmong

0.8%

Thai

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%
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Work Study Student Education

Schools

California University of Pennsylvania

7.0%

University of Phoenix

6.7%

Jackson State University

6.5%

Radford University

6.3%

Troy University

5.7%

Alabama State University

5.4%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

5.4%

Alcorn State University

5.2%

Johnson & Wales University

5.2%

University of Alabama

5.2%

West Virginia University

4.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.6%

Tennessee State University

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

University of Scranton

4.3%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.3%

Georgia Southern University

3.9%

Liberty University

3.9%

New Mexico State University

3.5%

Florida State University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

18.5%

Psychology

10.5%

Criminal Justice

9.9%

Biology

5.8%

Accounting

5.2%

Medical Assisting Services

5.0%

Social Work

4.8%

Communication

4.7%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Nursing

4.4%

General Studies

3.5%

English

3.1%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Kinesiology

2.8%

Computer Information Systems

2.7%

Marketing

2.4%

Sociology

2.4%

Management

2.4%

History

2.3%

Computer Science

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.4%

Other

18.5%

Associate

17.1%

Masters

12.1%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Work Study Student

PhoneCallsFinancialAidOfficeDataEntryCustomerServiceComputerLabTelephoneCallsFrontDeskWork-StudyVeteransMicrosoftPowerpointCommunicationSkillsSafetyComputerSkillsStudentFilesHistoryStudentRecordsSortAlumniStudentInformationRUNErrands

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Top Work Study Student Skills

  1. Phone Calls
  2. Financial Aid Office
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked in the physical therapy clinic 4-5 hours/week making reminder phone calls to patients.
  • Delivered and retrieved interoffice documents for the financial aid office.
  • Display detail orientation through accurate data entry.
  • Performed a variety of customer service duties keeping accurate records of all prospect and current students on all students' files.
  • Printed out assignments for students in the computer lab.

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