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Billing, Cost, & Rate Clerks

Also called: Accounts Payable Clerk, Billing Clerk, Billing Coordinator, Office Manager

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Marine Corps or Navy.

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Verify accuracy of billing data and revise any errors.
  • Prepare itemized statements, bills, or invoices and record amounts due for items purchased or services rendered.
  • Perform bookkeeping work, including posting data or keeping other records concerning costs of goods or services or the shipment of goods.


  • administrative services
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Accounting software
  • Allscripts Professional PM
  • Thomson Reuters Elite Enterprise
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Microsoft Access
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
associate's degree
usually needed

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