Correspondence, Publication, and Regulatory Clerks

(NOC 1452)

in All Business, Finance, and Administration

Clerks in this group write correspondence, proofread material for accuracy, compile material for publication, verify, record and process forms and documents like applications, licences, permits, contracts, registrations and requisitions, and do other related clerical duties within established procedures, guidelines and schedules. They work for newspapers, periodicals, publishing firms and throughout the private and public sectors.

Job Outlook

average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 15 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2022

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate 3555 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 9370 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Correspondence, Publication, and Regulatory Clerks most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

Hourly Pay

$13.35

Minimum

$23.63

Median

$43.96

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,965

Minimum

$40,377

Median

$71,607

Maximum

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

Hourly Pay

$15.00

Minimum

$23.00

Median

$38.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,754

Minimum

$36,515

Median

$70,271

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Clerks in this group write correspondence, proofread material for accuracy, compile material for publication, verify, record and process forms and documents like applications, licences, permits, contracts, registrations and requisitions, and do other related clerical duties within established procedures, guidelines and schedules. They work for newspapers, periodicals, publishing firms and throughout the private and public sectors.

Job duties

Classified advertising clerks:

  • Receive customers' orders for classified advertising, write and edit copy, calculate advertising costs and bill customers.

Correspondence clerks:

  • Write business and government correspondence like replies to requests for information and assistance, damage claims, credit and billing questions and service complaints.

Editorial assistants and publication clerks:

  • Help prepare periodicals, advertisements, catalogues, directories and other material for publication.
  • Proofread material.
  • Verify facts and conduct research.

Proofreaders:

  • Read material before publication to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical or compositional errors within tight deadlines.

Readers and press clippers:

  • Read newspapers, magazines, press releases and other publications to locate and file articles of interest to staff and clients.

Regulatory clerks:

  • Compile, verify, record and process applications, licences, permits, contracts, registrations, requisitions and other forms and documents according to established procedures.
  • Authorize and issue licences, permits, registration papers, reimbursements and other material after requested documents have been processed and approved.

Sample job titles

  • advertising clerk
  • archives clerk
  • compiler
  • correspondence clerk
  • customs and excise clerk
  • editorial assistant
  • passport clerk
  • permit clerk
  • proofreader
  • registry clerk

Skills

  • A solid foundation in computer skills is often necessary for entry into these jobs. Good communication and interpersonal skills are important, along with a willingness to learn and adapt to continually changing equipment and software. You should also be cooperative and able to work as part of a team.

Job requirements

  • High school is required.
  • Additional courses or a diploma in writing, journalism or a related field may be required.

Other considerations

  • Clerical or administrative experience may be required. Movement to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

635

employed in 2016

85.0%

employed full-time

5.5%

self employed

67.7%
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32.3%
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48.1

median age

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

63,775

employed in 2016

78.4%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

73.4%
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26.6%
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47.9

median age

Where will I likely work?

49.6%

Halifax

$42,899 median annual income
20.5%

Cape Breton

$41,811 median annual income
14.2%

North Shore

$33,434 median annual income
7.9%

Southern

$37,221 median annual income
7.9%

Annapolis Valley

$37,606 median annual income

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

45.0%

Public administration

22.0%

Health care and social assistance

10.0%

Information and cultural industries

4.0%

Professional, scientific and technical services

3.0%

Educational services

What is the age of Employment?

31.0%

45-54

22.0%

35-44

18.0%

25-34

17.0%

55-64

9.0%

65+

3.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

26.3%

45-54

22.6%

55-64

19.4%

35-44

16.7%

25-34

7.5%

65+

Top levels of education

34.6%

College Diploma

$41,714 median annual income
32.3%

Bachelor

$34,847 median annual income
16.5%

High school

$40,240 median annual income
6.3%

Trade Certification

$39,937 median annual income
5.5%

Master

N/A

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

33.8%

College Diploma

$36,304 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$32,903 median annual income
22.8%

Bachelor

$41,755 median annual income
5.8%

Trade Certification

$34,807 median annual income
4.9%

Less than high school

$23,174 median annual income

Education & training

High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

Adults without a high school diploma can contact the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) for tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL oversees adult education programs in Nova Scotia. NSSAL partners with the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to deliver programs. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Radio and Television

College or University Program

These programs focus on the theories, methods, and techniques used to plan, produce, and distribute audio and video programs and messages and prepares students to function as staff, producers, directors, and managers of radio and television shows and media organizations. They include courses in media aesthetics, planning, scheduling, and production, writing and editing, performing and directing, personnel and facilities management, marketing and distribution, media regulations, law, and policy, and principles of broadcast technology.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Association of Administrative Professionals
Halifax, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.