Bookkeeping and Accounting Clerks

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Bookkeeping and accounting clerks record financial transactions for government, business, and other organizations. They compute, classify, record, and verify numerical data in order to develop and maintain accurate financial records. There are nearly 1.6 million bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Account Information Clerks, Accounting Clerks, Audit Clerks, Billing and Rate Clerks, Fixed-Capital Clerks, General Bookkeepers, General-Ledger Bookkeepers
Duties Record financial transactions for government, business, and other organizations
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas including metropolitan New York/New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston.
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Division Manager, or Accountant, or Auditor
  • Department Head or Office Manager
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Clerk
  • Entry-Level Clerk or Office Assistant