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43-4031.00 - Court, Municipal, and License Clerks

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.

The occupation code you requested, 43-4031.02 (Municipal Clerks), is no longer in use. In the future, please use 43-4031.00 (Court, Municipal, and License Clerks) instead.

Sample of reported job titles: City Clerk, Court Clerk, Deputy City Clerk, Law Clerk, License Clerk, Licensing Specialist, Motor Vehicle License Clerk, Municipal Clerk, Recorder, Town Clerk

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Tasks

  • Evaluate information on applications to verify completeness and accuracy and to determine whether applicants are qualified to obtain desired licenses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Verify the authenticity of documents, such as foreign identification or immigration documents. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record and edit the minutes of meetings and distribute to appropriate officials or staff members. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Question applicants to obtain required information, such as name, address, or age, and record data on prescribed forms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Issue public notification of all official activities or meetings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record and maintain all vital and fiscal records and accounts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Answer questions or provide advice to the public regarding licensing policies, procedures, or regulations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare meeting agendas or packets of related information. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare and issue orders of the court, such as probation orders, release documentation, sentencing information, or summonses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare ordinances, resolutions, or proclamations so that they can be executed, recorded, archived, or distributed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Code information on license applications for entry into computers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record case dispositions, court orders, or arrangements made for payment of court fees. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform budgeting duties, such as assisting in budget preparation, expenditure review, or budget administration. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform record checks on past or current licensees, as required by investigations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare documents recording the outcomes of court proceedings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine legal documents submitted to courts for adherence to laws or court procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform general office duties, such as taking or transcribing dictation, typing or proofreading correspondence, distributing or filing official forms, or scheduling appointments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform administrative tasks, such as answering telephone calls, filing court documents, or maintaining office supplies or equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Respond to requests for information from the public, other municipalities, state officials, or state and federal legislative offices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Search files and contact witnesses, attorneys, or litigants to obtain information for the court. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate or maintain office tracking systems for correspondence or follow-up actions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Answer inquiries from the general public regarding judicial procedures, court appearances, trial dates, adjournments, outstanding warrants, summonses, subpoenas, witness fees, or payment of fines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Train other workers or coordinate their work, as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Instruct parties about timing of court appearances. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Research information in the municipal archives upon request of public officials or private citizens. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform contract administration duties, assisting with bid openings or the awarding of contracts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Participate in the administration of municipal elections, such as preparation or distribution of ballots, appointment or training of election officers, or tabulation or certification of results. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Issue various permits and licenses, such as marriage, fishing, hunting, and dog licenses, and collect appropriate fees. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan or direct the maintenance, filing, safekeeping, or computerization of all municipal documents. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare dockets or calendars of cases to be called. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Calendar and scheduling software — Work scheduling software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base reporting software — Data Technologies Summit See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Abilis CORIS Offender Management System; Data entry software Hot technology ; IBM Judicial Enforcement Management System JEMS; Microsoft Access Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; IBM Notes Hot technology ; Microsoft Outlook Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Information retrieval or search software — LexisNexis; Thomson Reuters Westlaw See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Corel WordPerfect Office Suite; Microsoft Office Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Syscon Court Clerk See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology ; Spreadsheet applications See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • Automatic postal or mailing machine — Document mailing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular vision test sets or accessories — Vision testing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cash or ticket boxes — Cash drawers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conversation recording units — Audio recording equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop calculator — Desktop calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dictation machines — Dictating equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras — Digital still cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital image printers — License photo printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital voice recorders — Digital audio recorders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic voting or vote-counting equipment — Ballot marking devices; Ballot marking systems; Mechanical lever voting machines; Touchscreen vote recording equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inkjet printers — Computer inkjet printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers — Computer laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic stripe readers and encoders — Credit card processing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microfiche or microfilm viewers — Microfilm viewing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notary seals — Notary public seal presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Optical character recognition systems — Optical scan equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paper shredding machines or accessories — Document shredders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photocopiers — Copy machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Printer calculator — Printing calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punch card readers — Punch card voting systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rubber stamping stamps — Notary public stamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Computer data input scanners; Digital data input scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Special purpose telephones — Multiline telephone systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stenotype machines — Steno writers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Touch screen monitors — Computer touch screens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Mobile radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Typewriters — Electric typewriters See more occupations related to this tool.

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Knowledge

  • Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

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

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls? See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Credentials

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Interests

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  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • 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. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2019) $18.93 hourly, $39,380 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 163,700 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Faster than average (5% to 7%) Faster than average (5% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 15,600
State trends
 
Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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