Accounting clerks are specialised record keepers. They keep track of a business’ expenditure, payroll, receipts and financial transactions. While their entry level duties are mostly general and basic, accounting clerks will eventually specialise into one of three areas – accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll. Their duties include:
Maintaining accurate records of files
Providing support for other accountants
Keeping track of expenditures
Monitoring spend on company credit cards
Preparing tax returns
Producing financial statements
Accounting clerks should be mathematically minded and possess a drive for order and accuracy. They should be very detail-oriented and possess a high level of ethical responsibility, and be able to quickly understand and work within any business’ framework.
Accounting clerks should at least have completed secondary education with an emphasis on mathematics. Normally, they have also earned a degree or qualification in business or accounting, and there are plenty of options and opportunities for further study and career development in this field.