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Employment: Financial Clerks




Financial clerks held more than 3.7 million jobs in 2002. The following tabulation shows employment in individual occupations:

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,983,000
Tellers 530,000
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 507,000
Bill and account collectors 413,000
Payroll and timekeeping clerks 198,000
Procurement clerks 77,000
Gaming cage workers 18,000

These workers are employed in virtually every industry, including manufacturing, business and health services, and government. However, it is becoming more common for financial clerks to work for companies that specialize in performing specific financial services, such as bookkeeping, bill collection, medical billing, and payroll services, as companies seek to cut costs and outsource many administrative functions. Also, more financial clerks are finding jobs with personnel supply agencies, as companies increasingly hire temporary workers for peak periods.

All financial clerk occupations have some part-time workers, but tellers and bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks have the most, with more than one-fourth working part time.