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Accounting Clerk

Overview: 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.
Duties: 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. Classify, record, and summarize numerical and financial data to compile and keep financial records, using journals and ledgers or computers. Debit, credit, and total accounts on computer spreadsheets and databases, using specialized accounting software. Operate 10-key calculators, typewriters, and copy machines to perform calculations and produce documents. Receive, record, and bank cash, checks, and vouchers. Comply with federal, state, and company policies, procedures, and regulations. 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. Code documents according to company procedures. Reconcile or note and report discrepancies found in records.
Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to decline by 2% or more from 2014 to 2024. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5%-8%.
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: The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.
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.
 

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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 agreements with 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.