Occupation Profile

Receptionists and Information Clerks
(SOC Code : 43-4171)
in California

Answer inquiries and obtain information for general public, customers, visitors, and other interested parties. Provide information regarding activities conducted at establishment; location of departments, offices, and employees within organization. Exclude "Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service" (43-2011).

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Short-term on-the-job training .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20181st Qtr$16.05$12.49$15.02$18.47

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
California 2016 - 2026109,600119,90010,3009.415,770

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Offices of Physicians 46,22613.9%
Offices of Dentists 26,0397.6%
Personal Care Services 45,1686.8%
Other Professional & Technical Services 20,0104.3%
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 56,1814.1%
Legal Services 43,6474.0%
Employment Services 5,1313.8%
Outpatient Care Centers 9,5613.1%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,6022.5%
Offices of Real Estate Agents & Brokers 38,4461.9%
Elementary and Secondary Schools 17,7751.6%
Office Administrative Services 2,0991.6%
Individual and Family Services 26,2841.6%
Community Care Facility for the Elderly 4,6781.5%
Activities Related to Real Estate 5,3261.5%
Religious Organizations 25,8391.5%
Insurance Agencies, Brokerages & Support27,9651.4%
Management & Technical Consulting Svc 25,5371.2%
Building Equipment Contractors 26,9081.2%
Professional and Similar Organizations 9,4661.1%
Accounting and Bookkeeping Services 20,3791.1%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,5491.0%
Automobile Dealers 7,7581.0%
Nursing Care Facilities 2,3271.0%

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Operate telephone switchboard to answer, screen, or forward calls, providing information, taking messages, or scheduling appointments.
Greet persons entering establishment, determine nature and purpose of visit, and direct or escort them to specific destinations.
Transmit information or documents to customers, using computer, mail, or facsimile machine.
Hear and resolve complaints from customers or the public.
Perform administrative support tasks, such as proofreading, transcribing handwritten information, or operating calculators or computers to work with pay records, invoices, balance sheets, or other documents.
File and maintain records.
Provide information about establishment, such as location of departments or offices, employees within the organization, or services provided.
Collect, sort, distribute, or prepare mail, messages, or courier deliveries.
Process and prepare memos, correspondence, travel vouchers, or other documents.
Receive payment and record receipts for services.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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.
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Time Management - Managing one`s own time and the time of others.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
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.
Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

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Alternate Titles
Administrative Assistants; Office Managers; Secretaries; Community Liaisons; Member Service Representatives; Office Assistants; File Clerks; Front Desk Receptionists; Greeters; Appointment Clerks; Front Desk Clerks; Referral and Information Aides; Schedulers; and Credit Reporting Clerks
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