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Bookkeeping Clerk


Training and Education for Bookkeeping Clerks
Duties and Responsibilities of Bookkeeping Clerks
Skills and Qualities of a Bookkeeping Clerk
Bookkeeping Clerk Salary
Notable Bookkeeping Professionals
Professional Bookkeeping Organizations
Top Cities for Bookkeeping Jobs
Other Careers of Interest

How can I learn to become a Bookkeeping Clerk?

At a minimum, bookkeeping clerks need a high school diploma and some accounting coursework or related work experience. Experience with accounting computer software is often necessary. Increasingly, employers are looking for applicants with some college. Several positions are now requiring an associate's degree in business or accounting. A bachelor's degree is not usually required, and those with this level of education generally expect to advance out of the bookkeeping role quickly. All bookkeeping clerks receive on the job training, under the supervision of an experienced employee, in order to learn the procedures of their particular company.

What job duties does a Bookkeeping Clerk perform?

Bookkeeping clerks keep financial records up to date and accurate. To do so, individuals in this field add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers every day. They record and compute the income and expenditures of a company, both how much and where the money came from or went. Increasingly, this is done with the use of a computer. The responsibilities of a bookkeeping clerk vary from individuals responsible for the books of an entire company to accounting clerks who are responsible for specific tasks. In large companies, these tasks vary by task specialization as well as the skill and experience level of the clerk.

Bookkeeping clerks usually work forty hour weeks. However, they may need to work longer hours, including evenings and weekends, in order to meet deadlines at the end of a fiscal year, during tax season, or when audits are occurring.

What skills and interests are necessary to become a successful Bookkeeping Clerk?

Of course, bookkeepers must have number sense and solid math skills. Bookkeeping clerks must also be orderly, careful, and pay close attention to detail in order to avoid making errors, and recognize errors that have been made. Successful bookkeeping clerks are trustworthy and discreet, as the nature of the work puts them in contact with confidential material on a regular basis.

Employers prefer applicants with related experience who have worked in an office environment. Computer skills, especially knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet programs, are becoming crucial to those hoping to find work in this field.

How much can a Bookeeping Clerk earn?

Employment of bookkeeping clerks and those in related positions is expected to grow by twelve percent in the decade from 2006-2016. Job prospects should be good even for those who are seeking temporary or part-time work, but prospects will be best for those who have several years of experience. In May of 2006, the median annual earnings of bookkeepers were $30,560. The middle fifty percent of those in this field earned between $24,540 and $37,780.


Who are some influential professionals in the Bookkeeping field?

Jan R. Williams, PhD, CPA has been on the faculty of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville since 1977. He holds both the positions of Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting and Dean of the College of Business Administration. Williams has authored or co-authored five books and more than seventy articles regarding accounting education and financial reporting. In 1994, he received the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award from the Tennessee Society of CPAs. Williams has been active in professional accounting and bookkeeping organizations and taught continuing education courses to those in this field throughout his career.

Linda Pinson is a nationally recognized business plan expert and educator. She has been repeatedly asked by the MSN/VISA partnership program Business Breakthrough to meet with small business owners and help them with their financial needs. Her expert consulting on financial matters has also been sought after at both the state and national government levels. Pinson is the author of several award winning books, including Anatomy of a Business Plan and Keeping the Books.

What are some organizations a Bookkeeping Clerk could contact?

The American Institute of Public Bookkeepers was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. This organization was created to recognize bookkeeping as a profession and bookkeepers as professionals. Information and services offered to members help keep self employed and free lance bookkeepers up to date with current state and federal laws and regulations and provide free answers to questions through a telephone service and an on line chat room. AIPB also helps employers and bookkeepers find one another through job sites dedicated exclusively to bookkeeping. Members also enjoy reduced costs for continuing education and certification.

The National Association of Public Bookkeepers is an association of bookkeepers and accountants whose members provide bookkeeping services to the public. The mission of the NAPB is to ensure that only qualified bookkeepers provide bookkeeping services to the public. Membership in this organization gives small business owners and nonprofit organizations peace of mind that their financial matters are in capable and qualified hands. NAPB also offers its members training, continuing education, certification, and licensure.

What are the top cities for Bookkeeping Clerks?

Currently the top city for aspiring bookkeeping clerks to find jobs is New York City. Houston, Texas also has several openings. For those who prefer states farther to the west, Los Angeles, California and Phoenix, Arizona are cities worth checking out.

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