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43-3031.00 - Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks


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.


Key Facts
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Bright Outlook
1
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Green Job
Career Details
Current Employment
1,760,300
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Forecasted Employment
1,611,500
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Change in Employment
-148,700
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Change in Employment %
-8.4%
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Tasks
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Tasks
The tasks listed below can be performed to prepare you for a career in this field.
Core
  • Check figures, postings, and documents for correct entry, mathematical accuracy, and proper codes.
  • Operate computers programmed with accounting software to record, store, and analyze information.
  • Comply with federal, state, and company policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Debit, credit, and total accounts on computer spreadsheets and databases, using specialized accounting software.
  • Classify, record, and summarize numerical and financial data to compile and keep financial records, using journals and ledgers or computers.
  • Code documents according to company procedures.
  • Access computerized financial information to answer general questions as well as those related to specific accounts.
  • Operate 10-key calculators, typewriters, and copy machines to perform calculations and produce documents.
  • Reconcile or note and report discrepancies found in records.
  • Perform financial calculations, such as amounts due, interest charges, balances, discounts, equity, and principal.
  • Perform general office duties, such as filing, answering telephones, and handling routine correspondence.
  • Receive, record, and bank cash, checks, and vouchers.
  • Match order forms with invoices, and record the necessary information.
Supplemental
  • Calculate, prepare, and issue bills, invoices, account statements, and other financial statements according to established procedures.
  • 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.
  • Prepare bank deposits by compiling data from cashiers, verifying and balancing receipts, and sending cash, checks, or other forms of payment to banks.
  • Calculate and prepare checks for utilities, taxes, and other payments.
  • Compare computer printouts to manually maintained journals to determine if they match.
  • Reconcile records of bank transactions.
  • Prepare trial balances of books.
  • Monitor status of loans and accounts to ensure that payments are up to date.
  • Transfer details from separate journals to general ledgers or data processing sheets.
  • Compile budget data and documents, based on estimated revenues and expenses and previous budgets.
  • Calculate costs of materials, overhead, and other expenses, based on estimates, quotations and price lists.
  • Complete and submit tax forms and returns, workers' compensation forms, pension contribution forms, and other government documents.
  • Maintain inventory records.
  • Perform personal bookkeeping services.
  • Compute deductions for income and social security taxes.
  • Prepare purchase orders and expense reports.
  • Prepare and process payroll information.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Knowledge
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Knowledge

The items listed below are organized into sections that contain knowledge useful for pursuing a career in this field. Each section also contains a "Percentage of Importance" statistic that shows how relevant an item is to the occupation.
 Customer and Personal Service
  • 84%
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 Clerical
  • 78%
    Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 Mathematics
  • 76%
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 English Language
  • 67%
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 Economics and Accounting
  • 67%
    Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
 Computers and Electronics
  • 63%
    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 Administration and Management
  • 57%
    Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 Education and Training
  • 53%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Tools
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Tools
The tools listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Computers
  • Notebook computers
  • Desktop computers
 Calculating machines and accessories
  • Financial calculators
  • 10-key calculators
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Technology
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Technology
The technologies listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Business function specific software
  • ADP Workforce NowHOT
  • Human resource management software HRMS
  • HCSS HeavyBid
  • HCSS HeavyJob
  • Microsoft ProjectHOT
  • Microsoft SharePointHOT
  • Google DriveHOT
  • Microsoft OfficeHOT
 Finance accounting and enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • ACS Technologies ACS Financial Suite
  • ATX Total Accounting Office
  • ATX Total Engagement Office
  • Accounts payable software
  • Accounts receivable software
  • Accurate NXG
  • Activant Solutions Activant Prophet 21
  • AdaptaSoft CyberPay
  • American HealthTech Financial
  • Asset management software
  • Automation Counselors municiPAL
  • BLS Software Invoice!
  • Best MIP Fund Accounting
  • BillingTracker
  • Blackbaud The Financial Edge
  • CCIS AccountAbility
  • CYMA IV Accounting for Windows
  • ComputerEase
  • Cost accounting software
  • Financial reporting software
  • Financial statement software
  • FlexiFinancials FlexiLedger
  • Fund accounting software
  • General ledger software
  • Heron CrossTie General Ledger
  • Infor Global Solutions Starbuilder
  • Intuit QuickBooksHOT
  • Intuit Quicken
  • New Millennium Communications Genesis Accounting
  • PROPHIX Enterprise
  • Roundtable Software Advantage Accounting System
  • Sage 50 Accounting
  • Softrax Revenue Management
  • Tax software
  • UA Business Software Professional Edition
  • AMS Services AMS SagittaHOT
  • AcornSystems Corporate Performance ManagementHOT
  • Advanced Management Systems Software for WineriesHOT
  • Business performance management BPM softwareHOT
  • Cartesis ES MagnitudeHOT
  • Microsoft DynamicsHOT
  • Microsoft Dynamics GPHOT
  • NetSuite ERPHOT
  • Oracle Fusion ApplicationsHOT
  • Oracle HyperionHOT
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOneHOT
  • Oracle PeopleSoftHOT
  • Oracle PeopleSoft FinancialsHOT
  • SAPHOT
  • SAP Business ObjectsHOT
  • Sage 100 ERPHOT
  • AuditWare
  • Auditing software
  • Delphi Technology
  • MethodWare ProAudit Advisor
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Financials
  • Paisley AutoAudit
  • Paisley IssueTrack
  • Pentana audit work system PAWS
  • RSM McGladrey Advanced Practice Solutions Paperless Audit
  • RSM McGladrey Auditor Assistant
  • ADP Pay eXpert
  • HMS
  • Payroll software
 Content authoring and editing software
  • Google DocsHOT
  • Microsoft WordHOT
  • Word processing software
  • Microsoft PowerPointHOT
  • Microsoft ExcelHOT
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Publisher
 Content management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AcrobatHOT
  • Document management system software
  • Dropbox
  • Iron Mountain Accutrac Records Management Software
  • OmniRIM Records Management Suite
  • Records management software
 Data management and query software
  • Blackbaud The Raiser's Edge
  • Sage ACT!
  • SAP Crystal ReportsHOT
  • Data entry softwareHOT
  • FileMaker Pro
  • Microsoft AccessHOT
  • Oracle softwareHOT
  • Sage 100 Contractor
  • YardiHOT
  • LexisNexis
  • Customer information control system CICS
  • Tumbleweed SecureTransport
  • IBM Cognos ImpromptuHOT
 Development software
  • SAP BusinessObjects Data Integrator
 Industry specific software
  • Corporate Responsibility System Technologies Limited CRSTL Compliance Positioning System
  • FLS eDP.Payrolltax
  • Financial compliance software
  • Intrax ProcedureNet
  • Paisley Cardmap
  • Paisley Focus Control Assurance
  • Paisley RiskNavigator
  • Epic SystemsHOT
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCSHOT
  • MEDITECH softwareHOT
  • Medical condition coding softwareHOT
  • Medical procedure coding software
 Network applications software
  • Skype
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
 Information exchange software
  • IBM NotesHOT
  • Microsoft ExchangeHOT
  • Microsoft OutlookHOT
  • FaceTime
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Certifications
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Certifications
The certifications listed below are useful to pursue if you are interested in a career in this field.
 Specialty
 Advanced
 Product/Equipment
  • PeopleSoft Receivables 9.1 Essentials
    500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA 94065800-833-3536

  • Oracle E-Business Suite R12 Financials Certified Expert Consultant, Receivables
    500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA 94065800-833-3536

  • Oracle Fusion Financials 11g Accounts Receivable Certified Implementation Specialist
    500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA 94065800-833-3536

  • Oracle Fusion Financials 11g Accounts Payable Certified Implementation Specialist
    500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA 94065800-833-3536

  • Oracle Fusion Financials 11g General Ledger Certified Implementation Specialist
    500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA 94065800-833-3536

 Core
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Licensing
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Licensing
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All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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Germanna Community College
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
John Tyler Community College
Lord Fairfax Community College
New River Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
Paul D. Camp Community College
Rappahannock Community College
Southside Virginia Community College
Thomas Nelson Community College
Tidewater Community College
Virginia Highlands Community College
Virginia Western Community College
Wytheville Community College
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