A file clerk works at any place where a large-scale filing operation is involved, and performs the primary tasks related to organizing and accessing the files. The file clerk will submit new files to the directory, organize the current files to make them more easily accessible, and provide quick and easy access to the directory’s contents to anyone who might need them. Additionally, the file clerk must observe that all borrowed files are returned in due time, contacting the people in question when it’s needed. In cases where a special type of file is involved (such as one that gets constantly modified) the filing clerk must also operate the tools associated with that file.

The job of a file clerk isn’t a very demanding one, and no higher degree of education is usually required for becoming one. A strong sense of organization and good problem-solving skills are required, as is the ability to coherently navigate large and complex databases and directories. When computerized directories are involved, the file clerk must be well-familiar with the technology used to a level where they can provide assistance to people who might need it.

A file clerk doesn’t see high pay rates traditionally, as the job doesn’t hold great demands towards employees – in general, the pay rate varies between $21,000 – $28,000, with some rare exceptions of salaries over $35,000. There are almost no attractive bonuses attached to the job, and it’s mostly seen as a stepping stone to other related positions by most who practice it.