Accounting clerks perform many roles in the operation of a business or a firm. These roles include general secretarial duties, researching and managing records, advising employees on tax matters, and more. Accounting clerks specialize in payroll, accounting, tax preparation and bookkeeping. Accounting clerks must be able to understand basic accounting principles, communicate well with co-workers and clients, and have great attention to detail. They must also be tactful and be able to handle sensitive, confidential situations.
When it comes to education, employers prefer those with at least high school completion and computer proficiency. A college degree particularly in a business school is of high advantage. Accounting clerks are often trained further by their employers. Certain organizations also offer classes that enhance the skills of accounting clerks. There are also various certifications available to puff up the qualification levels of accounting clerks.
Every year, positions for accounting clerks grow as more firms emerge and outsource their financial function needs. This means there will be a continuous demand for accounting clerks. Accounting clerks were paid around $32,400 in 2006. Employment services paid around $30,290 while local governments paid an average of $33,490. Those with certifications have a great advantage and can obtain higher positions and consequently higher salaries as well.
Other duties of accounting clerks include reviewing computer reports, listing timecards, computing pay and taxes, recording employee information, preparing aging reports, placing billing and collection calls, maintaining cash receipts journal, tracking commissions, maintaining filing systems, and generating reports and journal entries.