Bookkeeping and Accounting Clerks

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.


Quick Facts
Duties Record financial transactions for government, business, and other organizations
Alternate Title(s) Account Information Clerks, Accounting Clerk, Audit Clerks, Billing and Rate Clerks, Fixed-Capital Clerks, General Bookkeepers, General-Ledger Bookkeepers,
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience No experience is needed, but those with experience are more likely to land jobs, earn higher pay, and get promoted
Skills
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Division Manager, or Accountant, or Auditor
  • Department Head or Office Manager
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Clerk
  • Entry-Level Clerk or Office Assistant

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