File Clerk Careers

Nature of the Work

File clerks classify, store, retrieve, track, and update records and information.

Education and Training

Most employers prefer applicants with a high school diploma or its equivalent. Most training occurs on the job, and can be learned in a short period of time.

Job Outlook

Employment change. Employment is expected to decline rapidly. Employment is expected to decline due to productivity gains from office automation and the consolidation of clerical jobs. Additionally, most files are stored digitally and can be retrieved electronically, reducing the demand for file clerks.

Job prospects. Favorable opportunities are expected. Despite employment declines, job opportunities should arise from the need to replace workers who leave the labor force or transfer to other occupations. Job prospects will be best for those who have typing and other secretarial skills and who are familiar with a wide range of office machines, especially personal computers.