Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

General Information

Description

Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of 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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Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises
  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)

Job Outlook

Employment of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is projected to show little or no change from 2016 to 2026. Technological change is expected to reduce demand for these workers. Software innovations, such as cloud computing, have automated many of the tasks performed by bookkeepers. As a result, the same amount of bookkeeping work can be done with fewer employees, which is expected to lead to job losses for bookkeepers over the next 10 years. With more routinized tasks automated, bookkeepers are expected to take on a more analytical and advisory role over the next 10 years. For example, rather than performing manual data entry, bookkeepers will focus more on analyzing their clients’ books and pointing out potential areas for efficiency gains.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$40,320

Military salary*

$67,142

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State-by-state Salary

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$54,660
$20,040
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 40%
  • Post-secondary certificate 20%
  • Bachelor's degree 12%
  • Associate's degree 8%
  • Master's degree 6%
  • Less than high school 6%
  • Some college 4%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Economics and Accounting

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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