Provide administrative support to an office.

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Salary Range
$50,000 – $156,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Clerks do?

Clerks — the file-sorting, data entry whizzes of the corporate world — are as crucial to office life as breathing is to the human body. Clerks do a little of everything, and are found everywhere. No matter its size, if it’s a business, it has a Clerk. From mailing letters to answering phones, they balance out the basic needs that keep a business thriving.

To see why Clerks make the business world go round, imagine a world without them. You walk into a building for a meeting, and no one greets you. The telephone rings and rings, but no one answers. Paper mountains obscure the desks, and the employees haven’t been paid in months.

The multitude of tasks that Clerks do fall into one of two categories: data or communications. Electronic and paper data needs filing, sorting, mailing, emailing, and updating. Payrolls are calculated, sent out, and redone the next month. Communication-related tasks involve answering phones, jotting down memos, and playing meet-and-greet with clients who visit the office.

Clerks can work anywhere, and each day’s tasks vary from feeding papers into the fax machine to playing hamster wrangler to the escaped office pet. Small businesses and large corporations, bookstores and greeting card companies all need Clerks, no matter the size of the company or what it does. So if you want to be one of the many helping hands keeping companies the world over from going under, a job as a Clerk fits the bill.

Should I be a Clerk?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Chancery Clerk, Chief Clerk, Clerk of Court, CSO

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