Order Clerks

Industry Areas

  • Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
  • Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
  • Direct Selling Establishments

Day-to-Day Tasks

  • Obtain customers' names, addresses, and billing information, product numbers, and specifications of items to be purchased, and enter this information on order forms.
  • Prepare invoices, shipping documents, and contracts.
  • Inform customers by mail or telephone of order information, such as unit prices, shipping dates, and any anticipated delays.

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Overall Kind of Work*

Information clerks perform routine clerical duties such as maintaining records, collecting data, and providing information to customers. DutiesInformation clerks typically do the following:Prepare...

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Work Environment*


Information clerks held about 1. 6 million jobs in 2012 and were employed in nearly every industry. However, employment was mostly concentrated in government agencies, hotels, and healthcare...

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Workweek Breakdown

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

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  • 3.75% (0-20 Hours)
  • 13.94% (21-34 Hours)
  • 65.26% (40 Hours)
  • 7.05% (41-49 Hours)
  • 10.00% (Over 50 Hours)

Type of Work

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

Data: High
People: Low
Things: Low

Skills at a Glance

The levels of different skills helpful in this career.

Verbal skills: High
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: Low
Equipment Operation & Maintenance: Low
Math & Science Skills: Medium
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: Medium
Physical Activity: Medium
Decision Making: Low
Repetitiveness: High
Level of Competition: Medium
Time Pressure: Low

Business Breakdown

The different sectors people in this career currently work in.

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  • 85.36% (Private For-Profit)
  • 3.84% (Private Not For-Profit)
  • 3.95% (State and Local Govt)
  • 3.12% (Federal Government)
  • 3.73% (Self-Employed)


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