To be an accounting clerk, you need an aptitude for mathematics, pay acute attention to detail, familiarity with basic accounting procedures, and computer software proficiency.

Skills

An eye for detail is one of the most important skills required of accounting clerks and administrative accounting professionals. There is little room for error when dealing with the finances of the company. Duties performed by an accounting clerk include data entry of taxes, sales and accounts payable. Accounting clerks may also need to balance accounts, prepare financial statements, ensure companies comply with federal monitoring requirements and manage financial filing systems.

Training

Acquiring a three-year degree in accounting, finance or business will help land you the best jobs in the market. Employers may also hire diploma holders, but those positions are usually as retail clerks or cheque processors.

Advancement

A position as an accounting clerk can serve as a stepping stone while you earn extra degrees or certifications, while other administrative accounting professionals achieve promotions to obtain supervisory positions within their field. After about two years on the job, consider extra studies to move up within your field or into positions with a higher salary and more responsibilities.

Temporary employment

The field of accounting clerks and accounting administrative positions offer many opportunities for those looking for temporary work.

Freelance

Accounting professionals may become entrepreneurs who create their own opportunities. Outsourcing is becoming more the norm in the business world, so duties such as book-keeping and payroll processing are perpetually being moved outside the organisation to be freelance accounting clerks. Consider joining a placement firm for outsourcing opportunities while building your own personal client base.

Diversify

When approaching a career path in accounting, think creatively. Options for work include corporations and financial institutions, tax preparation, budgeting and business analysis work in companies handling mergers and acquisitions, or forensic accounting specialties that rely on auditing and investigative skills.

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