Education & Training
To work as an order clerk, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or GED; and
- complete short-term on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Formal education beyond high school is not required for most order clerks. However, construction supply and other businesses that require specific knowledge are more likely to require a college degree.
Order clerks usually learn their skills on the job. You work with an experienced clerk who teaches you routine tasks and the computer system. As you gain experience, you work on more difficult tasks. Training generally lasts up to one month.
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Fields of Study (What to study to prepare for this career)
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Helpful High School Courses
You should take a general high school curriculum that meets the state's graduation requirements. You will be required to take both math and science classes to graduate.
Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this occupation include:
- Computer Applications
- Office Procedures
The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.
You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.
Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career.
Source: Minnesota Department of Education.