Office Clerks, General

General Information

Description

Perform duties too varied and diverse to be classified in any specific office clerical occupation, requiring knowledge of office systems and procedures. Clerical duties may be assigned in accordance with the office procedures of individual establishments and may include a combination of answering telephones, bookkeeping, typing or word processing, office machine operation, and filing.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit58.77%
  2. State and local government23.18%
  3. Private, not for profit10.63%
  4. Federal government3.67%
  5. Self-employed3.18%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of general office clerks is projected to decline 2 percent from 2020 to 2030. Despite declining employment, about 324,600 openings for general office clerks are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$35,330

State-by-state Salary

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$44,270
$21,510
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 40%
  • Associate's degree 36%
  • Some college 14%
  • Post-secondary certificate 6%
  • Less than high school 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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