Customer Service Representatives

Industry Areas

  • Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)
  • Dairy Product Manufacturing
  • Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing

Day-to-Day Tasks

  • Confer with customers by telephone or in person to provide information about products or services, take or enter orders, cancel accounts, or obtain details of complaints.
  • Check to ensure that appropriate changes were made to resolve customers' problems.
  • Keep records of customer interactions or transactions, recording details of inquiries, complaints, or comments, as well as actions taken.

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Overall Kind of Work*

Customer service representatives handle customer complaints, process orders, and provide information about an organization's products and services. DutiesCustomer service representatives typically do...

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Work Environment*


Customer service representatives held about 2. 4 million jobs in 2012 and were employed in nearly every industry. Many work in telephone call centers, credit and insurance agencies, banks, and retail...

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Workweek Breakdown

The hours worked per week by people currently pursuing this career.

Pie Chart Representing the section data
  • 8.48% (0-20 Hours)
  • 11.42% (21-34 Hours)
  • 6.34% (35-39 Hours)
  • 63.00% (40 Hours)
  • 4.67% (41-49 Hours)
  • 6.10% (Over 50 Hours)

Type of Work

The level of day-to-day involvement with data, people or things.

Data: Medium
People: Medium
Things: Low

Skills at a Glance

The levels of different skills helpful in this career.

Verbal skills: Medium
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: Low
Equipment Operation & Maintenance: Low
Math & Science Skills: Low
Technology Design & Control: Low
Leadership: Medium

Workplace at a Glance

The level of different environmental factors you would experience on the job.

Responsibility: Low
Exposure to Job Hazards: Low
Physical Activity: Low
Decision Making: Medium
Repetitiveness: High
Level of Competition: Medium
Time Pressure: High

Business Breakdown

The different sectors people in this career currently work in.

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*Did You know, Overall Kind of Work, and Work Environment relate to Customer Service Representatives, which includes Customer Service Representatives; Patient Representatives.
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