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Accounting Clerk

Nov. 20, 2017, 2:20 p.m.

 

By Nsim Team

 

If you want to become an accounting clerk, you may need to have a certificate or a diploma in accounting, business administration, or a related field. Some employers will not require you to have any formal education; they may accept relevant work experience in place, or they may provide on-the-job training.
 
If you are thinking about becoming an accounting clerk, you should first determine if this career path is a good fit for your skills, interests and personality traits.
 
Does the following describe you?
 
• You are interested in working in an office setting, in front of a computer
• You are able to pay close attention to detail, for long periods of time
• You are proficient with Microsoft Excel
• You have excellent organizational abilities, and can effectively prioritize work
• You are comfortable working independently on routine tasks
• You enjoy having clear rules and methods for your work

 

Who is an Accounting Clerk?
 

Accounting clerks, also known as accounting technicians, are responsible for maintaining and verifying records of business transactions, such as invoices and purchase orders. They use spreadsheets and other computer applications to record, track and process documentation related to vendor and customer accounts.
 
 Accounting Clerk Job Duties

 

• Prepare, record and process invoice, reports, cheques and receipts using computer software applications
• Perform bank deposits
• Respond to vendor and customer inquiries related to payments on their accounts
• Prepare basic financial statements
• Maintain records of customer and vendor account transactions

 

Education Needed to Become an Accounting Clerk
 

The educational requirements for becoming an accounting clerk vary greatly from one job to another, and typically depend on the scope and responsibility of the position.
 
Accounting clerks need an understanding of various business documents such as receipts, purchase orders, credit slips, sales slips, banking statements, financial statements and invoices. For this reason, some employers prefer to hire candidates for accounting clerk jobs that have, or are working towards, an accounting certificate or diploma from an accredited college or university.
 
In general however, an accounting certificate or diploma may not be necessary, as many employers provide on-the-job training for accounting clerk positions, particularly entry-level positions, such as data-entry clerk.
 
Some employers will also choose to hire candidates who have related training or experience in place of, or in addition to, relevant education. Such experience typically includes working in a job that involves compiling and reviewing some of the above-mentioned documents.

 

Skills Needed to Become an Accounting Clerk
 

Those who are successful as accounting clerks typically have the following skills and abilities:
 
• Able to analyze and proofread data
• Able to pay close attention to detail for extended periods of time
• Able to work with numbers, and comfortable with basic arithmetic
• Able to multitask, while prioritizing work
• Excellent organizational skills
• Proficient in the use of spreadsheet software, such as Microsoft Excel
• Familiar with different types of accounting software

 

Who Creates Jobs for Accounting Clerks?
 

Accounting clerks have a wide-variety of employment options. Jobs for accounting clerks may be on a part-time, full-time or contractual basis, and they may be employed with virtually any type of organization, within almost every conceivable industry.
 
Accounting clerks are employed in organizations ranging from retail businesses and manufacturing firms to agencies that provide health, education or other social services. 



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