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Career Details :: Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks
Compile data, compute fees and charges, and prepare invoices for billing purposes. Duties include computing costs and calculating rates for goods, services, and shipment of goods; posting data; and keeping other relevant records. May involve use of computer or typewriter, calculator, and adding and bookkeeping machines.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Compiles cost factor reports, such as labor, production, storage, and equipment.
- Resolves discrepancies on accounting records.
- Keeps records of invoices and support documents.
- Updates manuals when rates, rules, or regulations are amended.
- Verifies compiled data from vendor invoices to ensure accuracy and revises billing data when errors are found.
- Types billing documents, shipping labels, credit memorandums, and credit forms, using typewriter or computer.
- Consults manuals that include rates, rules, regulations, and government tax and tariff information.
- Estimates market value of product or services.
- Compiles and computes credit terms, discounts, and purchase prices for billing documents.
- Computes amounts due from such documents as purchase orders, sales tickets, and charge slips.
- Answers mail and telephone inquiries regarding rates, routing, and procedures.
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General Work Activities
- Processing Information
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Documenting/Recording Information
- Evaluating Information Against Standards
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Frequent Work Context
- Degree of Automation
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done