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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 Latino11.5%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix26.0%
Southern New Hampshire University6.4%
University of Houston5.0%
American InterContinental University4.6%
Northern Virginia Community College4.6%
University of Maryland - University College3.7%
Sinclair Community College3.2%
Michigan State University3.2%
University of Central Oklahoma3.2%
Georgia State University3.2%
Kennesaw State University3.2%
Diablo Valley College2.7%
Oakland Community College2.7%
Miami Dade College2.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Manager of Accounting and Administration Department||Hyundai Shipping USA, Inc.||East Rancho Dominguez, CA||Apr 05, 2016||$88,150|
|Contract & Accounting Administrator||Kittelson &Amp; Associates, Inc.||Portland, OR||Sep 20, 2010||$76,675|
|Contract and Accounting Administrator||Kittelson & Associates, Inc.||Portland, OR||Mar 06, 2009||$71,000 -
|Accounting Administrator||Jackson Food Services LLC||Miami, FL||Apr 14, 2008||$63,918|
|Accounting Administrator||Nature Estetica Trading Inc.||Miami, FL||Aug 28, 2008||$63,918|
|Accounting Administrator||Nature Estetica Trading Inc.||Miami, FL||Jun 04, 2009||$56,722|
|Accounting Administrator||Daewoo International (America) Corp||Teaneck, NJ||Nov 19, 2015||$54,746|
|Cost Accounting Administrator||TST Na Trim, LLC.||Hidalgo, TX||Jun 26, 2015||$52,000|
|Accounting Administrator||Eastern Land Management||Stamford, CT||Feb 18, 2016||$51,730|
|Accounting Administrator||Eastern Land Management, Inc.||Stamford, CT||Oct 01, 2010||$49,942|
|Accounting Administrator||Eastern Land Management, Inc.||Stamford, CT||Oct 01, 2013||$48,982|
|Accounting Administrator||Daewoo International (America) Corp.||Teaneck, NJ||Jun 20, 2014||$46,000|
|Cost Accounting Administrator||Tri-Con Industries Ltd.||Lincoln, NE||Aug 28, 2015||$45,448 -
|Finance and Accounting Administrator||American Womens Medical Ltd||Chicago, IL||Sep 09, 2015||$43,846|
|Accounting Administrator||Choon's Design, LLC||Wixom, MI||Aug 24, 2015||$43,659|
|Cost Accounting Administrator||Tri-Con Industries, Ltd.||Lincoln, NE||Sep 18, 2014||$42,494 -
|Accounting Administrator||Daewoo International (America) Corp.||Troy, MI||Oct 01, 2014||$40,019|
|Accounting Administrator||Allegiance Crane & Equipment, LLC||Pompano Beach, FL||Sep 15, 2016||$40,000|
|Accounting Administrator||ICER Brands Services, LLC||New York, NY||Sep 29, 2014||$38,000|
|Accounting Administrator||ICER Brands Services, LLC||New York, NY||Sep 29, 2011||$38,000|
|Accounting Administrator||Xbiotech USA Inc.||Austin, TX||Sep 08, 2010||$38,000|
|Accounting Administrator||New York Cruise Lines, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2013||$36,252|
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