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 Job Titles in Clerical -- General Office Clerks
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General Office Clerk

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Job Description:   General Office Clerks file documents, type letters and reports, operate photocopiers, deliver messages, and sort mail. They may also operate computer terminals to enter data, facsimile machines, word processors, and other types of electronic equipment. Some clerks interview customers, clients, or job applicants, schedule appointment, provide information, and perform specialized tasks such as maintaining the payroll records, and keeping the books and specific types of office records.

Wages - Statewide:  

To give you an idea of how much you might earn, we have given you the average hourly wages and average yearly wages for this career throughout California. Wages can vary greatly in different parts of the State.
  Hourly Average Wages:  14.82
  Yearly Average Wages:  30,807

  Source: California Occupational Employment and Wage Data, 2010

Job Openings:  

An average of 8570 job openings will be available statewide per year. The number of openings includes both new jobs and replacement openings as workers leave the occupation.

Source: California Occupational Employment Projections 2008 - 2018

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Basic Job Requirements:

  1. High school graduate
  2. Office and office equipment experience from work or trainings
  3. Ability to complete work accurately and timely
  4. Skill in operating several kinds of office equipment
  5. Training or experience with word processing, spreadsheets, and data bases valuable

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 Where to get training locally:   High schools, community colleges, adult education schools, business and trade schools, and local government/private industry training providers.

To find training programs in your area you can check the LaborMarketInfo Web site at www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/cgi/databrowsing/traProvidersSelection.asp?menuChoice=traProviders. Or, you can go to a One-Stop Career Center for assistance. (See "One-Stop Career Centers" in the "How to Find a Job" section.)

 Possible Job Paths:
 A General Office Clerk can move up to a Typist Clerk, Receptionist, Clerical Supervisor, Bookkeeping Clerk, Secretary, Office Manager, Department Supervisor, or Administrative Assistant.

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