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Customer Services Representative

Find out how to become a customer service representative in the sales and customer contact sector. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Customer Services Representative is $47,500 - 59,700 annually

Overview

Customer service representatives are responsible for handling customer complaints, inquiries, and business relationships over the phone or online. Employment for this role is expected to grow very strongly to 2022, from 39,500 workers in 2017 to 46,300 by 2022. 32,000 job openings are expected over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

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Key skills

Customer service representatives require excellent telecommunication skills, a strong knowledge of their business, and good leadership skills to train others in their field.

  • Strong interpersonal skills for maintaining positive customer-business relationships
  • Thorough knowledge of business and services to respond to customer inquiries
  • Effective leadership skills for training and guiding newcomers in their field
  • Strong listening skills to thoroughly understand and assist with customer predicaments
  • Ability to keep calm and level-headed in the face of angry or upset customer contact
  • Strong organisational skills to ensure operational efficiency in the workplace

Quick facts

Customer service representatives can be found in most industries. Here are few quick facts on having a career as a customer service representative.

Outlook
  • Average Hours Worked
    41.6 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
    *Source
  • Main Industries
    Professional, scientific and technical services and retail trade
  • Average qualification level
    20.8% Certificate III/IV

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from payscale.com.au and the Australian Government's joboutlook.gov.au - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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