A clerk is an office or retail worker who is responsible for doing general office or store jobs, including filing, making and answering phone calls, and helping customers. In the United States, there are over 3.1 million clerks and the number is still growing. As businesses grow, the demand for administrative support rises, leading them to hire more clerks. This profession has traditionally been dominated by women and minority groups. Clerks typically make anywhere from $21,000 to $40,000 per year.
Working as a clerk often does not require a college degree, although some college education would be helpful in the hiring process. Employers do prefer to hire individuals who have had some office experience, such as using computers and using a copier. However these skills are not necessary, as many companies do offer clerical training upon hiring a new employee. Be prepared for a variety of office tasks and customer service duties.