Customer Service Representatives

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Customer service representatives provide information in response to peoples' questions regarding products and services. They also resolve complaints. Customer service specialists often deal with customers that are returning products. Some customer service representatives provide information about products or services to customers. Customer service specialists are employed in almost every industry and their duties vary depending on the company. They often work at a company's front desk or in a call center. They communicate with customers via the telephone, fax, e-mail and by standard mail. Customer service agents working in call centers spend most of their day on the telephone. Employers at call centers usually keep statistics to make sure that each customer service representative is being efficient and handling a certain amount of calls each day. Supervisors may listen to telephone calls or taped telephone calls to make sure the customers are being taken care of properly and efficiently. Customer service representatives are provided with the information and resources required to answer customers' questions. Sometimes a customer service agent will route the customer's call to a staff member who can provide them assistance and resolve their problems. Customer service representatives need to adhere to company policies. Sample job titles are account representative, client services representative, customer service specialist, member services representative, customer service agent, call center representative and account services representative.

Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
10% - Average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $25,520 - $41,430    Hourly: $12 - $20
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Customer contact center workers usually sit at a workstation with a telephone, headset, and computer. These centers may be crowded and noisy, and the work can be repetitive or stressful, with little time between calls.

Customer service representatives who work in retail stores may interact in person with customers.

Whether they interact by phone, chat, or in-person, customer service representatives may have to deal with difficult or angry customers, which can be challenging.

Companies usually keep statistics on customer service representatives to make sure they are working efficiently. This helps them keep up with their call volume and ensure that customers do not have to wait on hold for a long time. However, this also may put pressure on customer service representatives to handle each call quickly. Supervisors may listen in on or tape calls to ensure that customers are getting quality service.

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Typical Education: High School or GED (HS)
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Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

10% - Average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $25,520 - $41,430

Hourly: $12 - $20