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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 Latino13.5%
Black or African American1.1%
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University of Phoenix17.9%
University of Houston6.9%
Southern New Hampshire University5.8%
San Francisco State University4.7%
Florida International University4.5%
San Jose State University4.5%
Florida State University4.0%
Miami Dade College4.0%
University of Central Florida3.8%
University of California - Los Angeles3.8%
University of Texas at Dallas3.6%
New York University3.6%
California State University - East Bay3.4%
California State University - Fullerton3.4%
Arizona State University3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Accountant's Assistant||China Construction America, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Feb 01, 2016||$86,000|
|Accountant's Assistant||China Construction Bank New York Branch||New York, NY||Sep 10, 2013||$72,550|
|Assistant Accountant||Precision Global Consulting Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 21, 2011||$72,000|
|Accountant's Assistant||China Construction America, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Apr 29, 2016||$63,069|
|Assistant Accountant||BNX Shipping Inc.||Carson, CA||Aug 01, 2016||$63,066|
|Accountant's Assistant||China Construction America, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Jan 02, 2013||$60,000|
|Assistant Accountant||Intertax Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 02, 2015||$56,370|
|Assistant Accountant||Hua Chao Finanical Inc.||NY||Sep 16, 2013||$55,890|
|Accountant's Assistant||China Construction America, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Sep 20, 2013||$55,556|
|Assistant Accountant||The Leavitt Street LLC||NY||Aug 29, 2016||$55,556|
|Accountant's Assistant||China Construction America of South Carolina, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Sep 19, 2013||$55,556|
|Accountant's Assistant||South East World Wide, Ltd.||NY||Sep 13, 2016||$55,370|
|Assistant Accountant||Intertax Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 10, 2014||$55,285|
|Assistant Accountant||Wing Hing Trading Corp.||Overland, MO||Apr 29, 2008||$49,566|
|Assistant Accountant||Young Mens Inc.||East Saint Louis, IL||Mar 03, 2008||$49,566|
|Assistant Accountant||Virgin Farms, Inc.||Miami, FL||Sep 20, 2011||$48,210|
|Assistant Accountant||Alan G. Woodbury, CPA||Houston, TX||Aug 20, 2014||$48,001|
|Assistant Accountant||Vinmar International, Ltd.||Houston, TX||Jul 01, 2011||$48,000|
|Accountant Assistant||Rising Sun Brokerage Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2013||$47,362|
|Assistant Accountant||Trio Pines (USA), Inc.||La Mirada, CA||Aug 10, 2015||$46,696|
|Assistant Accountant||Cozy S & S Casual, LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Nov 19, 2015||$46,696|
|Assistant Accountant||JGR Enterprises LLC||Fort Worth, TX||Oct 01, 2012||$43,076|
|Assistant Accountant||Due Process Stable Trading Company LLC||Lumberton, NC||Sep 16, 2015||$42,000|
|Assistant Accountant||Amin Kotadia, CPA, PC.||Hurst, TX||Mar 17, 2014||$41,740|
|Assistant Accountant||Shah-Ni-4 Inc.||Des Plaines, IL||May 22, 2009||$41,600|
|Assistant Accountant||Ecommerce, Inc.||Columbus, OH||Sep 24, 2011||$41,010|
|Assistant Accountant||Beauty Trends, Inc.||Saint Louis, MO||Jan 02, 2014||$40,989|
|Accountant Assistant||Ernest E. Dow & Co., An Accountancy Corporation||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 07, 2015||$40,830|
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