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Administrative Support Clerks

What they do?

Administrative clerks compile, verify, record, authorize, and issue licences, permits, applications, contracts, and requisitions, by hand or by computer. They prepare reports, maintain inventories, and perform related clerical duties.

Human resources clerks assist personnel officers and human resource specialists. They compile, maintain, and process information relating to staffing, recruitment, training, labour relations, performance evaluation, classification, and related clerical activities.

Court clerks prepare court dockets/exhibits and perform other support functions in courtrooms. They also update/maintain court office indexes and files on court actions/decisions.

Where they find work?

1. Public administration - 26.0%
2. Health care and social assistance - 14.0%
3. Finance and insurance - 9.0%
4. Retail trade - 5.0%
5. Wholesale trade - 5.0%
6. Educational services - 5.0%
7. Transportation and warehousing - 4.0%

What education do I need?

1. Depending on your chosen job in this field, you'll have different educational requirements.

2. To be an administrative or human resources clerk, you usually need a high school diploma and college or other courses in business or personnel administration. You may also need some clerical experience.

3. To be a court clerk, you must have a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training.With additional training/experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor or officer.

4. Many recent entrants have either an undergraduate university degree or a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Computer Basics - Word and Excel
2. English
3. Business English

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Administrative Support Clerks is $16.72/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the business, finance and administration sector and are close to average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Administrative Support Clerks wages

Expected Wage by Age

Administrative Support Clerks Wage By Age


3% of Administrative Support Clerks are unemployed. This rate is below the average for intermediate occupations.


Administrative Support Clerks Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Administrative Support Clerks Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Administrative Support Clerks is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($16.72) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (3%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job openings will likely exceed the number of job seekers. This will not be significant enough to have an impact on the work prospects.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of administrative support clerks are found in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland while the lowest concentrations are in Prince Edward Island and Alberta.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (37%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Communication skills

2. Organizational skills

3. Computer literacy

Part Time Workers

Administrative Support Clerks Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

15% of Administrative Support Clerks are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 238,700 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 376% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Administrative Support Clerks Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average influenced by a similar-to-average age of workers (40).

Self Employed

Administrative Support Clerks Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 1% of Administrative Support Clerks are self-employed. This is considered Below average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Administrative Support Clerks Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

94% of the individuals employed as Administrative Support Clerks are women. Compared to other industries, this is Above average.