Occupation Info

Accounting Clerk

Overview: Accounting specialists are an organization's financial record keepers. They use computer-based accounting software systems to enter and analyze financial records on spread sheets and databases. Using computer software, they record debits, credits, compare balance sheets, monitor loans, etc.
Duties: Accounting specialists use computer accounting software to enter details of an organization's financial transactions into spread sheets and databases from which accounting reports are generated. They monitor loan transactions as well as accounts payables and receivables to ensure that all payments are up to date and run computer cross-balances to ensure accuracy.

Accounting specialists confer with the firm's certified accountants and management to determine what type of computer accounting reports should be generated and printed. They check printed reports for accuracy.

Accounting specialists advise management whenever account balances, budgets, expenditures, etc. show irregularities. They upgrade computer accounting software to safeguard the accuracy of accounting data.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Office Administration and Technology: Administrative Secretary 
A.A.S. Office Administration and Technology: Office Technology: Word/Information Processing 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of account clerks is expected to be as fast as average through 2018. Large numbers of account clerks will be hired to replace those retiring or transferring to other occupations. Best oportunities will be in public companies.
Starting Salary: For advancement, many specialists enroll in part-time college programs for a bachelor's degree.
Salary Range (National Average): $35,000 to $45,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.
Additional Training/Education: Training programs of one-year duration are offered by technical and business institutes leading to a certificate or diploma. Community colleges offer two-year associate degree programs. Training typically includes courses in accounting, income tax, computer applications, spreadsheet and databases, business management, statistics and business law.
Advancement Info: For advancement, many specialists enroll in part-time college programs for a bachelor's degree. May become supervisors, managers, and partners. Others open their own firms. Still others may transfer to executive jobs in management accounting.
Recommended Skills:
  • Determining how much money is required to get a job done, allocating those monies, and then accounting for all expenditures.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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