Career Advice on How to Become a Bill and Account Collector

General Career Information

Some careers bring with them a fairly consistent and certain degree of stress. This is definitely the case with the bill and account collectors. There is just no way to put a fun spin on a job that essentially boils down to, “hey you loser, you owe my boss money, cough it up or I am going to make you’re life hell.” This sort of thing is generally not easy on the blood pressure, no matter how much of a tough guy (or gal) one might happen to be. So if you are on the job search and decide to be a bill and account collector prepare for a bit of stress.
Bill and account collectors work in a variety of environments, such as collection agencies, hospitals, medical offices, large retail stores and banks. About twenty-five percent of all bill and account collectors work in the exciting and faced paced world of the collection agency. These lucky few have the distinct privilege of sitting around, usually in a cubical, with dozens or even hundreds of other bill and account collectors “gently reminding” customers that they owe them money.

Career Facts:

A college education is useful for career planning, but it isn’t seen as a requirement for harassing people. It may be shocking to learn that a fundamental knowledge of, say the philosophies of Descartes, are not needed to scream at some broke guy over the telephone, but life is weird that way. The majority of institutions that hire bill and account collectors do require a high-school diploma however. As of 2006, there are over 434,000 bill and account collectors working for the man, ur, for management, chasing down money that is owed to their bosses, whether that be a bank, a hospital, collection agency or some other large and friendly institution that is in the business of caring about people and their dreams.


Career Opportunities and Job Outlook-Excellent:

Prepare yourself for a shocker of shockers here. As it turns out the job outlook for bill and account collectors is pretty darn good. As of 2006, there were roughly 434,000 bill and account collectors spreading love across the land. By 2016, there will be an estimated 534,000. This marks an increase of 99,000 or a twenty-three percent jump in just ten years. Of course, these statistics don’t factor in for any further adjustments in the economy. So, if the state of the economy was too worsen, this twenty-three percent jump in the number of bill and account collectors could jump significantly. Thus, the job outlook for these happy people could be said to be awesome.
Job Outlook is Excellent

A Day in The Life:

A day in the life of a bill and account collector looks much like this: a collector kicks their dog on the way out of the house, drives to their cubicle whether it is in a large industrial park at a collections agency or a more petite operation, such as a doctor’s office. They then work the phones most of day trying to get whatever money they can out of those unfortunate enough not to be able to pay. They go home and to church on Sunday.

Average Salary:

The average wage for a bill and account collector is about $14 per hour, but you can’t really put a price on the joy they bring into people’s lives.

$28k - $32k


Career Training and Qualifications:

A working knowledge of English is necessary to accurately convey the multitude of threats dished out on a daily basis. A college degree is not required, but most employers look for a high-school diploma. Again, anyone wishing to be a bill or account collector should be able to handle lots of stress.
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