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Mailroom Clerk Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is no formal education required to become a mailroom clerk, but general office or clerical education programs can be helpful in preparing for this career. Office technology and assisting programs teach the skills necessary to read mail, use sorting technologies and work in an office setting.

A certificate, diploma or associate's degree program in general office technology or assisting is one option for individuals who wish to work in clerical positions within a business setting. They can also be helpful for aspiring mailroom clerks and mailroom technicians who are interested in gaining some formal education to prepare them for a career in an office environment.

Schools for Mailroom Clerk Training

These schools offer office technology or assisting programs, and some offer online or traditional formats.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Tuition and Fees 2015-2016**
Piedmont Technical College Greenwood, SC 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,049 in-district, $4,601 in-state, $5,801 out-of-state
Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor, MI 2-year, Public Certificate $2,424 in-district, $3,816 in-state, $5,016 out-of-state
Tri-County Technical College Pendleton, SC 2-year, Public Diploma, Certificate, Associate's $3,967 in-district, $5,167 in-state, $8,815 out-of-state
Midlands Technical College West Columbia, SC 2-year, Public Associate's $3,988 in-district, $4,924 in-state, $11,524 out-of-state
Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK 2-year, Public Associate's $3,391 in state, $8,425 out-of-state
Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conway, SC 2-year, Public Associate's $3,960 in-district, $4,902 in-state, $6,918 out-of-state
Jefferson Community College Watertown, NY 2-year, Public Associate's $4,835 in-state, $7,115 out-of-state
New River Community and Technical College Beaver, WV 2-year, Public Associate's $3,706 in-state, $4,834 out-of-state
Florence-Darlington Technical College Florence, SC 2-year, Public Certificate $4,078 in-district, $4,342 in-state, $6,166 out-of-state

Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students looking at office technology programs should consider the following:

  • Mailroom clerks use a variety of office technologies; look for programs that offer specific coursework in word processing, advanced keyboarding, database software applications, document formatting and Internet office applications.
  • Some programs offer coursework specific to mail handling and basic administrative skills.
  • Programs may have flexible schedules, and may also be offered online.

Office Technology Certificate

Depending on the school, an office technology certificate program can take anywhere between three months to one year to complete. Such a program offers courses both in basic office technology skills and business communication. Students who complete an office technology certificate program may go on to transfer credits over to an associate's degree program in administrative office technology or business administration.

Office Assistant Diploma

An office assistant diploma program is similar to an office assistant certificate program, except that it usually takes at least one year to complete. Students spend time in additional classes perfecting their skills in phone etiquette, mail handling, scheduling and records management.

Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Office Technology

A 2-year degree program in administrative office technology provides students with the technical and practical skills they need to succeed in an office environment, while also providing them with a general education background. In addition to completing courses related to business technology and computer science, students also often complete general education courses related to the humanities, social sciences or mathematics.

General office technology or assisting programs provide training in basic computer science, office technologies and business communications. Prospective students should consider a program's coursework, schedule and online availability before choosing a school.

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