Bill and Account Collectors

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About the Job

Locate and notify customers of delinquent accounts by mail, telephone, or personal visit to solicit payment. Duties include receiving payment and posting amount to customer's account; preparing statements to credit department if customer fails to respond; initiating repossession proceedings or service disconnection; and keeping records of collection and status of accounts.

It is also Called

  • Telephone Collector
  • Skip Tracer
  • Self Pay Representative
  • Repossessor
  • Rent Collector
  • Recovery Collector
  • Payment Collector
  • Patient Financial Service Representative
  • Patient Accounts Clerk
  • Patient Account Representative
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What They Do

  • Negotiate credit extensions when necessary.
  • Notify credit departments, order merchandise repossession or service disconnection, and turn over account records to attorneys when customers fail to respond to collection attempts.
  • Contact insurance companies to check on status of claims payments and write appeal letters for denial on claims.
  • Receive payments and post amounts paid to customer accounts.
  • Perform various administrative functions for assigned accounts, such as recording address changes and purging the records of deceased customers.
  • Sort and file correspondence and perform miscellaneous clerical duties, such as answering correspondence and writing reports.
  • Trace delinquent customers to new addresses by inquiring at post offices, telephone companies, credit bureaus, or through the questioning of neighbors.
  • Record information about financial status of customers and status of collection efforts.
  • Answer customer questions regarding problems with their accounts.
  • Locate and monitor overdue accounts, using computers and a variety of automated systems.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: C.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Additional Resources


Preparation Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $43,460 with most people making between $25,760 and $64,290

Outlook

0.18%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 38,200 people in California. It is projected that there will be 38,900 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 70 openings due to growth and about 940 replacement openings for approximately 1,010 total annual openings.