File Clerk  What They Do

Files correspondence, cards, invoices, receipts, and other records in alphabetical or numerical order or according to the filing system used. Locates and removes material from files when requested.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Administrative and Information Support pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Scans or reads incoming materials to determine how and where they should be filed.
  • Keeps records of materials filed or removed.
  • Adds new materials to file records and creates new records as necessary.
  • Tracks materials removed from files in order to make sure borrowed files are returned.
  • Finds and retrieves files upon request from authorized users.
  • Places materials into storage receptacles, such as file cabinets, boxes, and drawers, according to classification.
  • Assigns and records identification numbers or codes to index the materials for filing.
  • Inspects materials and files for legibility and damage.
  • Removes and destroys outdated materials in accordance with file maintenance schedules or legal requirements.
  • Sorts and classifies information according to content, purpose, and user criteria.

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Office Clerks, General

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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