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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 Latino11.1%
Black or African American0.5%
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University of Phoenix29.0%
Southern New Hampshire University6.2%
American InterContinental University3.7%
Northern Virginia Community College3.6%
University of Houston3.3%
Grand Canyon University3.1%
Florida Atlantic University3.0%
University of Central Florida2.9%
Greenville Technical College2.9%
Suffolk County Community College2.8%
Colorado Technical University2.8%
Texas State University2.8%
San Jose State University2.7%
San Francisco State University2.6%
California State University - Fullerton2.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Bookkeeper||Artviz, LLC||Miami, FL||Jan 07, 2016||$85,984 -
|Bookkeeper||Monolith Materials||Redwood City, CA||Jan 03, 2016||$73,045|
|Bookkeeper||Helping Hands Adult Day Health Care Center||Alta, CA||Aug 10, 2015||$63,066|
|Bookkeeper||Helping Hands Adult Day Health Care Center||Alta, CA||May 19, 2016||$63,066|
|Bookkeeper for East European Programs||Cultural Homestay International||San Anselmo, CA||Dec 14, 2016||$57,304|
|Bookkeeper||Momentum Education Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 04, 2016||$55,000|
|Bookkeeper||7-Eleven Store #23450C||NY||May 05, 2016||$54,163|
|Bookkeeper||L&B Universal, Inc.||Chantilly, VA||Apr 12, 2015||$53,206|
|Bookkeeper||Koryo Books Enterprise Inc.||New York, NY||May 25, 2016||$52,154|
|Bookkeeper||Junee Commercial and Company Inc.||Islandia, NY||Aug 16, 2016||$52,154|
|Bookkeeper||Dream Nj Inc.||Little Ferry, NJ||May 07, 2016||$52,154|
|Bookkeeper||L & N Dental Laboratory||Wallington, NJ||May 12, 2016||$51,979|
|Bookkeeper||Sam Hee International||New York, NY||Oct 08, 2016||$51,979|
|Bookkeeper||Airwaves Wireless, LLC||Houston, TX||Dec 27, 2016||$43,500|
|Bookkeeper||KOAM Physical Therapy, PC||NY||Aug 18, 2015||$43,500|
|Bookkeeper||C&S Specialty, Inc.||Norwood, NJ||Jun 26, 2015||$43,140|
|Bookkeeper||A.W. Ross Inc.||Passaic, NJ||Jun 03, 2015||$43,139|
|Bookkeeper||All State Printing||Clifton, NJ||Jul 08, 2015||$43,139|
|Bookkeeper||The Crystal Evangelical Church of New York||NY||Aug 07, 2015||$43,139|
|Bookkeeper||Cititicket Inc.||Fort Lee, NJ||Jul 06, 2015||$43,139|
|Bookkeeper||World Ambulette Transportation, Inc.||NY||Nov 20, 2015||$43,139|
|Bookkeeper||5 Star Taxes & Accounting, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Aug 04, 2015||$40,165|
|Bookkeeper||Touch of Beauty Supply, Inc.||Harvey, IL||Sep 10, 2015||$40,165 -
|Bookkeeper||New Age Realty Inc. D/B/A Century 21 Universal||Chicago, IL||Sep 12, 2015||$40,165|
|Bookkeeper||5000 Years Food, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Nov 12, 2015||$40,165|
|Bookkeeper||Apex Tax Services Inc.||Austin, TX||Sep 19, 2016||$40,000|
|International Bookkeeper||Contractors USA||Manassas, VA||Aug 01, 2015||$40,000|
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