Accounting Clerk

What do they do?

Compute, classify and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform routine calculating, posting and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers.

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Some typical job duties include:

  • Operate computers programmed with accounting software to record, store and analyze information.
  • Check figures, postings and documents for correct entry, mathematical accuracy and proper codes. 
  • Debit, credit, and total accounts on computer spreadsheets and databases, using specialized accounting software.
  • Compile statistical, financial, accounting or auditing reports and tables pertaining to such matters as cash receipts, expenditures, accounts payable and receivable, and profits and losses. 

Most Important Occupational Skills:

Basic Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking

Technical Skills

  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operations Analysis

Social Skills

  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Service Orientation

 Systems Skills

  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • System Evaluation 

Problem Solving Skills

  • Complex Problem Solving 

Resource Management Skills

  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Management of Financial Resources

Just the Facts

  • Salary range: $20,000-$100,000+
  • Education and Professional Requirements: High school degree for entry, with bachelor's degree and professional certification for advancement. 
  • Possible career path: Accounting Clerk > Certified Public Accountant > SEnior Accountant > Financial Controller > Chief Financial Officer

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