Employers of billing clerks include hospitals, insurance companies, banks, manufacturers, and utility companies. There are approximately 469,250 billing clerks employed in the United States. Many work in the health care field. Wholesale and resale trade industries also employ a large number of billing clerks. Billing clerks also work for businesses that provide billing services for other companies, such as accounting, administrative and support services, bookkeeping, payroll services, and tax preparation industries.
The career services office of your school can help you find employment opportunities or establish job contacts after you graduate. You may also find specific jobs through employment Web sites and classified newspaper advertisements. Most companies provide on-the-job training for entry-level billing clerks in order to explain to them company procedures and policies and to teach them the basic tasks of the job. During the first month, billing clerks work with experienced personnel.
Billing clerks usually begin by handling routine tasks such as recording transactions. With experience, they may advance to more complex assignments—which entail computer training in databases and spreadsheets—and assume a greater responsibility for the work as a whole. With additional training and education, billing clerks can be promoted to positions as bookkeepers, accountants, or auditors. Billing clerks with strong leadership and management skills can advance to group manager or supervisor.
There is a high turnover rate in this field, which increases the chance of promotion for employees with ability and initiative.
Tips for Entry
Join the International Association of Administrative Professionals to access training and networking resources, industry publications (such as OfficePro), and employment opportunities.
Visit the following Web sites for job listings:
Join the Office and Professional Employees International Union to increase your chances of landing a job and receiving fair pay for your work.