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Working As An Accounting Assistant

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $36,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounting Assistant Do

An Accounting Assistant is responsible for providing administrative support to accountants through undertaking clerical tasks such as typing, filing, and making phone calls. They work under the supervision of a senior accountant or someone in a similar position of authority within the firm.

How To Become An Accounting Assistant

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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138,515 Accounting Assistant jobs

Smarttalent
Redmond, WA
Supply Chain / Accounting Assistant

$42,220 Estimated

QTI Group
Middleton, WI
Accounting Assistant

$35,295 Estimated

Masiello Employment Services
Keene, NH
Temporary Accounting Assistant

$36,000 Estimated

Pridestaff
Bloomington, IL
Payroll Specialist - Accounting Assistant

$38,183 Estimated

Express Employment Professionals
Salem, OR
Accounting Assistant

$36,000 Estimated

Randstad
Gaithersburg, MD
Accounting Assistant

$47,160 Estimated

Randstad Professionals
Gaithersburg, MD
Accounting Assistant

$47,160 Estimated

Arnold Group, The
Wichita, KS
Accounting Assistant

$36,000 Estimated

University Enterprises, Inc.
Sacramento, CA
Cash Room and Accounting Assistant

$36,000 Estimated

Accounting Principals
Tampa, FL
Accounting Assistant

$34,686 Estimated

Accounting Principals
Knoxville, TN
Accounting Assistant

$36,000 Estimated

Trillium
Dublin, OH
Accounting Assistant

$35,775 Estimated

Team 80
Denver, CO
Accounting Assistant

$38,500 Estimated

Express Employment Professionals
Visalia, CA
Accounting Assistant

$36,000 Estimated

Director of Human Resources
Palatine, IL
Accounting Assistant

$40,270 Estimated

Thrivas
Orlando, FL
Accounting Assistant

$34,686 Estimated

Team 80
Denver, CO
Accounting Assistant

$38,500 Estimated

Confidential
Houston, TX
Accounting Assistant

$39,050 Estimated

Anonymous
Bedford, OH
Accounting Assistant

$36,980 Estimated

Envita
Scottsdale, AZ
Accounting Assistant

$36,600 Estimated

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Real Accounting Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Accounting Assistant Gen II Fund Services, LLC New York, NY Jul 09, 2016 $72,800
Accounting Assistant Petrochina International (America), Inc. Houston, TX Feb 01, 2014 $72,200
Accounting Assistant Domestic Fire Protection LLC Jersey City, NJ Feb 05, 2010 $62,443
Accounting Assistant Gen II Fund Services, LLC New York, NY Sep 07, 2013 $60,900
International Accounting Assistant MTC Industries Inc. Hauppauge, NY Sep 17, 2015 $58,436
Business/Accounting Assistant Professional Tax Help Miami, FL Oct 20, 2015 $56,099
Accounting Assistant Microfinance International Corporation Washington, DC Aug 30, 2011 $55,000
Financial & Accounting Assistant Orion Transportation Inc. NY Sep 15, 2015 $54,163
Accounting Assistant Global Syn-Turf Inc. Hayward, CA Sep 19, 2015 $52,864
Financial & Accounting Assistant Orion Transportation Inc. NY Sep 03, 2014 $52,582
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Top Skills for An Accounting Assistant

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Top Accounting Assistant Skills

  1. Weekly Payroll
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Entered and administered weekly payrolls.
  • Reconcile general ledger accounts Provide support to branch staff Prepare reports for senior management
  • Preformed basic administrative tasks such as filing, preparing presentation reports, memos, data entry, travel arrangements.
  • Assisted controller with general ledger reconciliation and monthly journal entries.
  • Prepared expense reports, reconciled credit card statements and coordinated travel arrangements

Top Accounting Assistant Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Accounting Assistant

  1. Accountemps
  2. Aramark
  3. Chesapeake Energy
  4. Cargill
  5. Xerox
  6. Accounting Principals
  7. Adecco
  8. Randstad
  9. Prince William County Public Schools
  10. Sanjel Corporation
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