Bookmark and Share Scholarships

Administrative Clerks

What they do?

Administrative clerks perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Compile, verify, record and process applications, licences, permits, contracts, registrations, requisitions, and other forms and documents in accordance with established procedures and schedules, using computerized and manual processing systems

B. Authorize and issue licences, permits, registration papers, reimbursements or other material after requesting documents have been processed and approved

C. Maintain inventory of office supplies and order supplies as required

D. Prepare reports and presentations and provide information to staff and general public regarding company and program rules, regulations and procedures

E. Assist in the co-ordination of administrative procedures such as budget submissions, contracts administration and work schedules

F. May be responsible for some accounting tasks

G. May organize and co-ordinate flow of work for general office clerks and data entry clerks.

Where they find work?

1. Public administration - 23.0%
2. Health care and social assistance - 15.0%
3. Finance and insurance - 10.0%
4. Retail trade - 5.0%
5. Wholesale trade - 5.0%
6. Transportation and warehousing - 5.0%
7. Educational services - 5.0%

What education do I need?

1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.

2. Completion of college or other courses in business administration is usually required.

3. 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

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Administrative Clerks is $16.62/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the business, finance and administration sector and are close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Administrative Clerks wages

Expected Wage by Age

Administrative Clerks Wage By Age


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


Administrative Clerks Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Administrative Clerks Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Administrative Clerks is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($16.62) 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 average because of an increased productivity from the office automation. However, the customer interactions cannot be easily automated which should create few job openings.

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 Administrative Clerks are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (35%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Communication skills

2. Organizational skills

3. Computer literacy

Part Time Workers

Administrative Clerks Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

15% of Administrative Clerks are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 227,500 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 434% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Administrative 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 Clerks Self Employed

Self Employed:

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

Men vs Women

Administrative Clerks Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

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