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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 Latino10.8%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix27.6%
Southern New Hampshire University4.9%
University of South Florida4.3%
Ohio State University3.9%
Indiana Wesleyan University3.7%
Chippewa Valley Technical College3.3%
University of Alabama3.3%
University of Tampa3.1%
American InterContinental University3.1%
Arizona State University2.6%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro2.6%
University of Memphis2.6%
Texas A&M University2.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Gas Processing Specialist||Swift Technical Services LLC||Richmond, CA||Nov 01, 2013||$262,920|
|SAP MTS Procure To Pay Process Specialist||Campbell Soup Company||Camden, NJ||Feb 27, 2013||$136,581|
|SAP MTS Procure To Pay Process Specialist||Campbell Soup Company||Camden, NJ||Jun 07, 2011||$130,000|
|SAP MTS Procure To Pay Process Specialist||Campbell Soup Company||Camden, NJ||Sep 02, 2011||$130,000|
|Regional Process Specialist-Supply Chain||Axalta Coating Systems, LLC||Glenolden, PA||Aug 11, 2016||$121,701|
|Middleware Transaction Processing Specialist||American Family Mutual Insurance Company||Madison, WI||Jun 30, 2016||$120,000|
|ERP Business Process Specialist||Agile Enterprise Solutions Inc.||Naperville, IL||Sep 27, 2011||$117,166|
|Middleware/Transaction Processing Specialist||American Family Mutual Insurance||Madison, WI||Dec 20, 2015||$115,000|
|Principle Business Process Specialist||Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Oct 01, 2009||$110,000|
|Middleware Transaction Processing Specialist||American Family Mutual Insurance Company||Madison, WI||Jun 30, 2016||$105,000|
|Principal Scientist/Thermal Processing Specialist||Kerry Inc.||Beloit, WI||Sep 06, 2013||$92,000|
|Erp/Business Process Specialist||ISTS Worldwide Inc.||Fremont, CA||Apr 29, 2008||$88,489|
|Global Card Product and Process Specialist||Chevron Corporation||Concord, CA||Apr 15, 2010||$85,000|
|Senior Thermal Processing Specialist||Conagra Foods, Inc.||Omaha, NE||Mar 15, 2011||$84,672|
|Plastics Processing Specialist||FRX Polymers, Inc.||Chelmsford, MA||Sep 22, 2016||$74,200|
|Plastics Processing Specialist||FRX Polymers, Inc.||Chelmsford, MA||Sep 21, 2013||$70,000|
|Medical Imaging Processing Specialist||Numira Biosciences, Inc.||Salt Lake City, UT||Sep 01, 2011||$70,000|
|SR. Client Processing Specialist||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Aug 20, 2016||$68,000|
|Client Processing Specialist||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Oct 09, 2016||$63,000|
|Transaction Processing Specialist||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Aug 18, 2015||$62,400|
|Analyst, Client Processing Specialist||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Aug 25, 2016||$62,000|
|Transaction Processing Specialist||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Apr 18, 2016||$62,000|
|Photogrammetrist/Lidar Processing Specialist||Kucera International, Inc.||Willoughby, OH||Sep 26, 2011||$56,000|
|Logistics Process Specialist||Exquip USA, LLC||Lockney, TX||Mar 17, 2014||$55,370 -
|Senior Processing Specialist||Db Securities Services Nj Inc.||Jacksonville, FL||Nov 01, 2010||$55,000|
|Analyst, Transaction Processing Specialist||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Newark, DE||Jun 20, 2014||$55,000|
|Transaction Processing Specialist||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Newark, DE||Aug 27, 2014||$55,000|
|Payment Processing Specialist||Universal Processing LLC||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2015||$54,345|
|Thermal Processing Specialist||Technical Inc.||Lyons, GA||Oct 01, 2013||$54,080|
|Senior Client Processing Specialist||Factory Mutual Insurance Company||Plano, TX||Jan 04, 2010||$51,750|
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