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Most bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks need some postsecondary education and also learn some of their skills on the job. They must have basic math and computer skills, including knowledge of spreadsheets and bookkeeping software.Education
Employers generally require bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks to have some postsecondary education, particularly coursework in accounting. However, some candidates can be hired with just a high school diploma.Training
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks usually get on-the-job training. Under the guidance of a supervisor or another experienced employee, new clerks learn how to do their tasks, including double-entry bookkeeping. In double-entry bookkeeping, each transaction is entered twice, once as a debit (cost) and once as a credit (income), to ensure that all accounts are balanced.
Some formal classroom training also may be necessary, such as training in specialized computer software. This on-the-job training typically takes around 6 months.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Some bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks become certified. For those who do not have postsecondary education, certification is a particularly useful way to gain expertise in the field. The Certified Bookkeeper (CB) designation, awarded by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, shows that those who have earned it have the skills and knowledge needed to carry out all bookkeeping tasks, including overseeing payroll and balancing accounts, according to accepted accounting procedures.
For certification, candidates must have at least 2 years of full-time bookkeeping experience or equivalent part-time work, pass a four-part exam, and adhere to a code of ethics.
The National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers also offers certification. The Uniform Bookkeeper Certification Examination is an online test with 50 multiple-choice questions. Test takers must answer 75 percent of the questions correctly to pass the exam.Advancement
With appropriate experience and education, some bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks may become accountants or auditors.Important Qualities
Computer skills. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks need to be comfortable using computer spreadsheets and bookkeeping software.
Detail oriented. These clerks are responsible for producing accurate financial records. They must pay attention to detail in order to avoid making errors and recognize errors that others have made.
Integrity. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks have control of an organization’s financial documentation, which they must use properly and keep confidential. It is vital that they keep records transparent and guard against misappropriating an organization’s funds.
Math skills. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks deal with numbers daily and should be comfortable with basic arithmetic.
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Hispanic or Latino11.6%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix29.3%
Southern New Hampshire University5.3%
Michigan State University3.6%
Western Michigan University3.5%
University of South Florida3.5%
University of Central Florida3.4%
Florida State University3.4%
American InterContinental University3.2%
University of Houston2.7%
Eastern Michigan University2.7%
Arizona State University2.6%
Northern Virginia Community College2.6%
Pennsylvania State University2.6%
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|Sales Account Specialist III||Verifone, Inc.||Santa Monica, CA||Aug 22, 2016||$112,278|
|Principal Support Account Specialist||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 11, 2011||$110,000|
|Technical Account Specialist [Data Virtualization]||Denodo Technologies, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 14, 2016||$110,000|
|Clinical Account Specialist||Biosense Webster, Inc., A Johnson & Johnson Compan||Diamond Bar, CA||Aug 01, 2014||$108,700|
|DC (Defined Contribution) Account Specialist||Pacific Investment Management Company (Pimco)||Newport Beach, CA||Sep 15, 2012||$105,000|
|Digital Account Specialist, Europe||Netflix, Inc.||Beverly Hills, CA||Jul 11, 2015||$105,000|
|DPS Account Specialist||Google Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 17, 2015||$105,000|
|Account Specialist||Google Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 20, 2016||$103,000|
|Account Specialist||Google Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 05, 2016||$93,000|
|Account Specialist||Google Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 27, 2016||$91,417|
|Technical Account Specialist||Keynote Systems, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Oct 01, 2014||$90,000|
|Account Specialist||AON Risk Insurance Services, West||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$90,000|
|Technical Account Specialist||Keynote Systems, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Oct 01, 2011||$90,000|
|Account Specialist||Dataxu Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 20, 2015||$65,000|
|Global Account Specialist||Molex, Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Oct 01, 2011||$63,378 -
|Account Specialist||Firmenich, Inc.||Plainsboro, NJ||Dec 09, 2011||$63,000|
|Account Specialist||Firmenich, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 22, 2011||$63,000|
|Account Specialist||Firmenich, Inc.||Plainsboro, NJ||Nov 21, 2011||$63,000|
|Account Specialist||Firmenich, Inc.||Plainsboro, NJ||Dec 03, 2011||$63,000|
|Legal Account Specialist||Domingo Elias & Vu A Professional Law Corporation||Brea, CA||Nov 15, 2016||$62,860|
|Account Specialist, Sr. (Project/Product Implementa||World Access Service Corp.||Glen Allen, VA||Jan 11, 2011||$62,744|
|Accounts Specialist||Dsfederal, Inc.||Rockville, MD||Aug 19, 2014||$50,025|
|Account Specialist||Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 06, 2015||$50,000|
|FS Account Specialist 1||Donnelley Financial LLC||New York, NY||Jan 10, 2016||$50,000|
|Digital Account Specialist||Blue Fountain Media, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 23, 2016||$50,000|
|Product Account Specialist||Tricol Clean, Inc.||SeaTac, WA||Sep 20, 2016||$50,000|
|FS Account Specialist 1||R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company||New York, NY||Sep 08, 2016||$50,000|
|Account Specialist||Pugna Technologies||Ames, IA||Nov 09, 2016||$50,000|
|Account Specialist||Ames It and Numeric Solutions, LLC||Ames, IA||Sep 15, 2016||$50,000|
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