What do they do?

Perform clerical duties for courts of law, municipalities, or governmental licensing agencies and bureaus. May prepare docket of cases to be called; secure information for judges and court; prepare draft agendas or bylaws for town or city council; answer official correspondence; keep fiscal records and accounts; issue licenses or permits; and record data, administer tests, or collect fees.

Also known as:

City Clerk, City Recorder, City Secretary, County Clerk, Court Clerk, Court Coordinator, Courtroom Clerk, Criminal Records Clerk, Deeds Recorder, Law Clerk, License Clerk, License Specialist, Licensing Specialist, Motor Vehicle Clerk, Motor Vehicle Field Representative (MVFR), Motor Vehicle Licensing Clerk, Municipal Clerk, Permits Specialist, Recorder, Register, Town Clerk, Village Clerk, Wills Register

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Court, Municipal, and License Clerks is projected to grow 3 percent from 2020 to 2030, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in VA

No Data Available
  • 3.3%

    Change

    Ranks #48 in job growth rate
    280

    Job Openings

    Ranks #39 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (2%)
  • Master's degree  (4%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (23%)
  • Associate's degree  (15%)
  • Some college, no degree  (30%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (24%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (1%)

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administrative - Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Verify accuracy of financial or transactional data.
  • Maintain office equipment in proper operating condition.
  • Answer telephones to direct calls or provide information.
  • Examine documents to verify adherence to requirements.
  • Record information from meetings or other formal proceedings.
  • Distribute materials to employees or customers.
  • Interview employees, customers, or others to collect information.
  • Prepare documentation for contracts, transactions, or regulatory compliance.
  • Maintain financial or account records.
  • Record information about legal matters.
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures.
  • Prepare informational or reference materials.
  • Coordinate operational activities.
  • Prepare legal documents.
  • Code data or other information.
  • Analyze financial information.
  • Search files, databases or reference materials to obtain needed information.
  • Proofread documents, records, or other files to ensure accuracy.
  • Schedule appointments.
  • Issue documentation or identification to customers or employees.
  • Communicate with government agencies.
  • Provide information to the general public.
  • Train personnel.
  • Perform administrative or clerical tasks.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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