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Office Clerks, General

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Perform duties too varied and diverse to be classified in any specific office clerical occupation, requiring limited knowledge of office management 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, stenography, office machine operation, and filing.

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Clerical Job Descriptions - Comments

Clerical job descriptions require a clear understanding of organizational methodology, effective filing systems, and a clear focus on efficiency. With regards to the elected position of county or city clerk, these are high level executive positions dealing with the legal filings of lawyers, judges, and the public, and are completely separate from the function of the traditional office clerk position. Clerical job descriptions usually involve basic filing, answering phones and other general office duties. The title of office clerk may be used in a range of settings, including government positions, the legal profession and private companies. In general, clerical job descriptions correspond with the needs of each individual organization. The education level required for office clerk positions is often a high school diploma.

When it comes to clerical salaries, PayScale's salary survey data shows that many factors have an impact on the earning potential for clerical jobs. For example, measuring median Clerical Salaries by Years of Experience shows that salaries tend to increase steadily as employees gain further experience. Comparing Clerical Salaries by Skill/Specialty reveals that having knowledge of certain software or other office skills can also lead to higher salaries.

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