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Become A Junior Accountant

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Working As A Junior Accountant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $50,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior Accountant Do

A Junior Accountant provides financial information through maintaining and reconciling accounts. They assist in the processing of balance sheets, income statements, and other financial statements.

How To Become A Junior Accountant

Most accountants and auditors need at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Certification within a specific field of accounting improves job prospects. For example, many accountants become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).  

Education

Most accountant and auditor positions require at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Some employers prefer to hire applicants who have a master’s degree, either in accounting or in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

A few universities and colleges offer specialized programs, such as a bachelor’s degree in internal auditing. In some cases, those with associate’s degrees, as well as bookkeepers and accounting clerks who meet the education and experience requirements set by their employers, get junior accounting positions and advance to accountant positions by showing their accounting skills on the job.

Many colleges help students gain practical experience through summer or part-time internships with public accounting or business firms.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Every accountant filing a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is required by law to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Many other accountants choose to become a CPA to enhance their job prospects or to gain clients. Many employers will often pay the costs associated with the CPA exam.

CPAs are licensed by their state’s Board of Accountancy. Becoming a CPA requires passing a national exam and meeting other state requirements. Almost all states require CPA candidates to complete 150 semester hours of college coursework to be certified, which is 30 hours more than the usual 4-year bachelor’s degree. Many schools offer a 5-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree to meet the 150-hour requirement, but a master’s degree is not required.

A few states allow a number of years of public accounting experience to substitute for a college degree.

All states use the four-part Uniform CPA Examination from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Candidates do not have to pass all four parts at once, but most states require that they pass all four parts within 18 months of passing their first part.

Almost all states require CPAs to take continuing education to keep their license.

Certification provides an advantage in the job market because it shows professional competence in a specialized field of accounting and auditing. Accountants and auditors seek certifications from a variety of professional societies. Some of the most common certifications are listed below:

The Institute of Management Accountants offers the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) to applicants who complete a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have worked at least 2 years in management accounting, pass a two-part exam, agree to meet continuing education requirements, and comply with standards of professional conduct. The exam covers areas such as financial statement analysis, working-capital policy, capital structure, valuation issues, and risk management. 

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) offers the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) to graduates from accredited colleges and universities who have worked for 2 years as internal auditors and have passed a four-part exam. The IIA also offers the Certified in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) to those who pass the exams and meet educational and experience requirements.

ISACA offers the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) to candidates who pass an exam and have 5 years of experience auditing information systems. Information systems experience, financial or operational auditing experience, or related college credit hours can be substituted for up to 3 years of experience in information systems auditing, control, or security.

For accountants with a CPA, the AICPA offers the option to receive any or all of the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), or Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) certifications. The ABV requires a written exam, completion of at least six business valuation projects, and 75 hours of continuing education. The CITP requires 1,000 hours of business technology experience and 75 hours of continuing education. Candidates for the PFS also must complete a certain amount of work experience and continuing education, and pass a written exam.

Advancement

Some top executives and financial managers have a background in accounting, internal auditing, or finance.

Beginning public accountants often advance to positions with more responsibility in 1 or 2 years and to senior positions within another few years. Those who excel may become supervisors, managers, or partners; open their own public accounting firm; or transfer to executive positions in management accounting or internal auditing in private firms.

Management accountants often start as cost accountants, junior internal auditors, or trainees for other accounting positions. As they rise through the organization, they may advance to accounting manager, chief cost accountant, budget director, or manager of internal auditing. Some become controllers, treasurers, financial vice presidents, chief financial officers, or corporation presidents.

Public accountants, management accountants, and internal auditors can move from one aspect of accounting and auditing to another. Public accountants often move into management accounting or internal auditing. Management accountants may become internal auditors, and internal auditors may become management accountants. However, it is less common for management accountants or internal auditors to move into public accounting.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to identify issues in documentation and suggest solutions. For example, public accountants use analytical skills in their work to minimize tax liability, and internal auditors use these skills to detect fraudulent use of funds.  

Communication skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to listen carefully to facts and concerns from clients, managers, and others. They must also be able to discuss the results of their work in both meetings and written reports.

Detail oriented. Accountants and auditors must pay attention to detail when compiling and examining documentation.

Math skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to analyze, compare, and interpret facts and figures, although complex math skills are not necessary.

Organizational skills. Strong organizational skills are important for accountants and auditors who often work with a range of financial documents for a variety of clients.

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Junior Accountant Career Paths

Junior Accountant
Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accountant Senior Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Finance Manager Controller
Accounting Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Treasury Manager
Assistant Treasurer
5 Yearsyrs
Cost Accountant Senior Cost Accountant Senior Accountant
Chief Accountant
5 Yearsyrs
Cost Accountant Senior Accountant Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Assistant Controller Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Controller Accounting Consultant Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Accounts Payable Supervisor Assistant Controller
Divisional Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Accounting Consultant Accounting Manager
Manager/Finance Accounting
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Controller Finance Consultant Senior Finance Analyst
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accountant Cost Accountant
Senior Accountant
6 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Junior Accountant Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    59.1%
  • Male

    36.9%
  • Unknown

    4.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    67.6%
  • Asian

    14.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    13.4%
  • Unknown

    3.8%
  • Black or African American

    0.9%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    39.7%
  • Chinese

    8.3%
  • Mandarin

    7.8%
  • French

    7.8%
  • Hindi

    4.7%
  • Russian

    4.7%
  • Cantonese

    3.9%
  • Italian

    2.8%
  • Urdu

    2.8%
  • Arabic

    2.5%
  • German

    2.2%
  • Japanese

    2.2%
  • Korean

    1.9%
  • Portuguese

    1.7%
  • Gujarati

    1.4%
  • Polish

    1.4%
  • Vietnamese

    1.1%
  • Hebrew

    1.1%
  • Bengali

    1.1%
  • Bulgarian

    0.8%
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Real Junior Accountant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Junior Accountant Daniel J. Park, C.P.A., P.C. New York, NY Jun 02, 2015 $74,110
Junior Accountant New Pro Group Corp. Elmont, NY Nov 30, 2016 $73,362
Junior Accountant Ports 1961 USA Inc. New York, NY Sep 09, 2016 $72,000
Junior Accountant Ports 1961 USA Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2015 $72,000
Junior Accountant Gioffre & Company, LLP Armonk, NY Sep 15, 2014 $69,700
Junior Accountant Jennifer Convertibles, Inc. Woodbury, NY Nov 24, 2015 $64,697
Accountant Junior Crown Agents USA Washington, DC Dec 19, 2016 $63,565
Associate-Junior Accountant Sam J Nole, CPA New York, NY Jun 06, 2013 $62,400
Associate-Junior Accountant Sam J Nole CPA New York, NY Sep 15, 2013 $62,400
JR. Accountant Brian Nathanson, CPA, Inc. Newport Beach, CA Jan 02, 2013 $61,000
Accountant Junior Planck, LLC New York, NY Sep 05, 2015 $60,000
Accountant Junior QL2 Software, LLC New York, NY Nov 23, 2015 $60,000
Accountant Junior QL2 Software, LLC Atlanta, GA Sep 08, 2015 $60,000
Junior Accountant Fabrikant Tara International LLC New York, NY Jul 21, 2014 $60,000
Junior Accountant Seneca Nursing Home Des Plaines, IL Sep 01, 2014 $54,926
Junior Accountant Odoni Partners, LLC Chicago, IL Sep 01, 2014 $54,926
Junior Accountant Odoni Partners, LLC Chicago, IL Aug 01, 2014 $54,926
Junior Accountant Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 01, 2014 $54,912
Junior Accountant Shield of David, Inc. NY Sep 06, 2015 $54,747
Junior Accountant Shield of David, Inc. NY Sep 26, 2014 $54,643
Junior Accountant Labelux Group Americas Inc. New York, NY Aug 04, 2014 $54,642
Junior Accountant Labelux Group Americas Inc. New York, NY Jul 08, 2014 $54,642
Junior Accountant National Acoustics, Inc. Islandia, NY Sep 10, 2015 $48,700 -
$49,920
Junior Accountant Rei Systems Inc. Chantilly, VA Oct 02, 2013 $48,500
Junior Accountant Rei Systems Inc. Sterling, VA Sep 01, 2013 $48,500
Accountant, JR. Vision Financial Group CPAS, LLP Morganville, NJ Sep 16, 2015 $48,200
Junior Accountant Accutax Services, Inc. El Monte, CA Aug 10, 2015 $48,189
JR. Accountant Hirsch Bedner & Associates Santa Monica, CA Feb 05, 2015 $48,100

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Top Skills for A Junior Accountant

MonthlyFinancialStatementsPayrollTaxReturnsMonthlyJournalEntriesGeneralLedgerAccountsExternalAuditorsAccountReconciliationsAssetsBalanceSheetAccountsCreditCardAccountsPayablesIncomeStatementsQuickbooksExpenseReportsMonthlyBankStatementsBankAccountsPurchaseOrdersSalesTaxReturnsDataEntryACHSpecialProjects

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Top Junior Accountant Skills

  1. Monthly Financial Statements
  2. Payroll Tax Returns
  3. Monthly Journal Entries
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted in with preparation of monthly financial statements and supplemental reports.
  • Prepare quarterly payroll tax returns and manage required withholding tax depositories.
  • Prepare monthly journal entries and assist with monthly closing process.
  • Compiled and analyzed financial information to prepare entries to general ledger accounts.
  • Interfaced with subsidiary controllers and internal / external auditors.

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