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Career and Education Opportunities for Computer Clerks in Fort Smith, Arkansas

For those living in the Fort Smith, Arkansas area, there are many career and education opportunities for computer clerks. Currently, 1,930 people work as computer clerks in Arkansas. This is expected to shrink by 2% to about 1,890 people by 2016. This is better than the national trend for computer clerks, which sees this job pool shrinking by about 6.1% over the next eight years. Computer clerks generally operate data entry device.

A person working as a computer clerk can expect to earn about $11 hourly or $23,820 yearly on average in Arkansas and about $12 hourly or $26,120 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for computer clerks are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Computer Operation in Arkansas and not quite as good as general Computer Operation category earnings nationally.

There are nine schools of higher education in the Fort Smith area, including one within twenty-five miles of Fort Smith where you can get a degree to start your career as a computer clerk. The most common level of education for computer clerks is a high school diploma or GED. You can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a computer clerk if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Computer Clerk

In general, computer clerks operate data entry device.

Computer clerks store completed documents in appropriate locations. They also compile, sort and verify the precision of data before it is entered. Equally important, computer clerks have to locate and correct data entry errors, or report them to supervisors. They are often called upon to compare data with source documents, or re-enter data in verification format to uncover errors. Finally, computer clerks maintain logs of efforts and completed work.

Every day, computer clerks are expected to be able to control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail. They need to read and understand documents and reports. It is also important that they see details at a very fine level of focus.

It is important for computer clerks to load machines with required input or output media such as paper, cards, disks, tape or Braille media. They are often called upon to read source documents such as canceled checks or bills, and enter data in specific data fields or onto tapes or disks for subsequent entry, using keyboards or scanners. They also decide on materials needed to finish work assignments. Somewhat less frequently, computer clerks are also expected to decide on materials needed to finish work assignments.

And finally, they sometimes have to maintain logs of efforts and completed work.

Like many other jobs, computer clerks must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Fort Smith include:

  • Correspondence Clerk. Compose letters in reply to requests for merchandise, damage claims, credit and other information, delinquent accounts, or unsatisfactory services. Duties may include gathering data to formulate reply and typing correspondence.
  • File Clerk. File correspondence, cards, and other records in alphabetical or numerical order or according to the filing system used. Locate and remove material from file when requested.
  • Typist. Type letters, reports, or other material from rough draft, corrected copy, or voice recording. May perform other clerical duties as assigned.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Computer Clerk Training

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith - Fort Smith, AR

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, 5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72913-3649. University of Arkansas-Fort Smith is a medium sized university located in Fort Smith, Arkansas. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 6,846 students and an admission rate of 62%. University of Arkansas-Fort Smith has a less than one year program in Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications which graduated three students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Fort Smith, Arkansas

Fort Smith, Arkansas
Fort Smith, Arkansas photo by Infrogmation

Fort Smith is located in Sebastian County, Arkansas. It has a population of over 84,716, which has grown by 5.5% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Fort Smith, 82, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Fort Smith are priced at $151,400 on average, which is above the state average. In 2008, two hundred one new homes were constructed in Fort Smith, down from two hundred ninety-four the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Fort Smith are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is food, construction, and health care. The average travel time to work is about 17 minutes. More than 18.6% of Fort Smith residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.7%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Fort Smith is 8.1%, which is greater than Arkansas's average of 6.9%.

The percentage of Fort Smith residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 68.8%, is more than both the national and state average. Mallalieu United Methodist Church, Loves Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Church and King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church are among the churches located in Fort Smith. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Fort Smith is home to the Fort Smith Trolly Museum and the Fort Smith Inter-Faith Community Center as well as Riverfront Park and Kay Rodgers Park. Shopping centers in the area include Laville Shopping Center, Maybranch Shopping Center and Midland Mall Shopping Center. Visitors to Fort Smith can choose from Patel P L, Westark Inn Motel and Stonewall Jackson Inn for temporary stays in the area.