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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 Latino10.5%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix26.4%
Southern New Hampshire University6.7%
George Mason University4.3%
University of Maryland - University College4.0%
University of Houston3.6%
University of Memphis3.6%
Boise State University3.4%
West Virginia University3.4%
University of Illinois at Chicago3.1%
San Francisco State University2.9%
University of Central Florida2.9%
Northern Virginia Community College2.9%
Virginia Commonwealth University2.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Associate-Accounting||Empyrean Capital Partners, LP||Los Angeles, CA||Jul 22, 2013||$100,000|
|Fund Accounting (Associate)||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Chicago, IL||Mar 26, 2014||$80,000|
|Investment Accounting Associate||IPS Fund Services LLC||Boston, MA||Sep 12, 2015||$76,000|
|Accounting Associate||Gourmet Guru Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 27, 2015||$72,946|
|Accounting Associate||Shafian Tax & Accounting Services PC||Vienna, VA||Oct 01, 2013||$72,000|
|Accounting Associate||Bioss, Inc.||Woburn, MA||Sep 13, 2016||$69,607|
|Accounting Associate||Microvest Capital Management, LLC||Bethesda, MD||Jan 09, 2016||$68,000|
|Accounting Associate||Bioss Inc.||Woburn, MA||Sep 13, 2013||$65,135|
|Forensic Accounting Associate||Rocky Mountain Advisory, LLC||Salt Lake City, UT||Sep 10, 2015||$63,000|
|Accounting Associate||Spectraseis Inc.||Denver, CO||Aug 28, 2014||$62,000|
|Accounting Associate||University of Illinois at Chicago||Chicago, IL||Oct 01, 2014||$62,000|
|Accounting Associate||Spectraseis Inc.||Denver, CO||Sep 01, 2013||$61,000|
|Accounting Associates||Gourmet Guru Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 15, 2014||$60,000|
|Accounting Associate||First Help Financial LLC||Newton, MA||Mar 09, 2016||$52,655|
|Accounting Associate||Drummond CPA LLC||Boston, MA||Jan 09, 2016||$52,655|
|Accounting Associate||Drummond CPA LLC||Boston, MA||Jan 09, 2016||$52,478|
|Accounting Associate||Power Advocate, Inc.||Boston, MA||Jul 17, 2016||$52,478|
|Accounting Associate||Drummond CPA LLC||Cambridge, MA||Sep 02, 2014||$52,000|
|Accounting Associate||Drummond CPA LLC||Miami, FL||Jan 09, 2016||$52,000|
|Accounting Associate||Drummond CPA LLC||Cambridge, MA||Sep 02, 2015||$52,000|
|Accounting Associate||David J. Prothero, CPA, P.C.||Cambridge, MA||Sep 12, 2015||$51,000|
|Accounting Associate||Heritage Security Products, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Nov 28, 2016||$47,216 -
|Accounting Associate||Business Technology Services, Inc.||King of Prussia, PA||Sep 01, 2015||$47,029|
|Accounting Associate||Excela Solutions Inc.||Fremont, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$47,000|
|Accounting Associate||Sanjay Taxpro Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$47,000|
|Accounting Associate||Business Technology Services, Inc.||King of Prussia, PA||Sep 01, 2015||$47,000|
|Tax and Accounting Associate||M. White & Associates||Plano, TX||Sep 17, 2013||$46,925|
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