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.Number of Jobs in 2010: 8,977
Number of Jobs in 2020: 9,356
Yearly Job Growth Rate: 4.2
Annual Openings: 137
Entry Wage: $11.47
Median Wage: $15.70
Education Requirement: High school diploma or equivalent
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- 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.
- Access computerized financial information to answer general questions as well as those related to specific accounts.
- Match order forms with invoices, and record the necessary information.
- Perform general office duties such as filing, answering telephones, and handling routine correspondence.
- Perform personal bookkeeping services.
- Prepare bank deposits by compiling data from cashiers, verifying and balancing receipts, and sending cash, checks, or other forms of payment to banks.
- Prepare trial balances of books.
- Calculate, prepare, and issue bills, invoices, account statements, and other financial statements according to established procedures.
- Calculate and prepare checks for utilities, taxes, and other payments.
- Compute deductions for income and social security taxes.
- Prepare and process payroll information.
- Compare computer printouts to manually maintained journals to determine if they match.
- Reconcile records of bank transactions.
- Transfer details from separate journals to general ledgers or data processing sheets.
- Complete and submit tax forms and returns, workers' compensation forms, pension contribution forms, and other government documents.
- Prepare purchase orders and expense reports.
- Monitor status of loans and accounts to ensure that payments are up to date.
- Perform financial calculations such as amounts due, interest charges, balances, discounts, equity, and principal.
- Calculate costs of materials, overhead and other expenses, based on estimates, quotations and price lists.
- Compile budget data and documents, based on estimated revenues and expenses and previous budgets.
- Maintain inventory records.
Indivduals currently working as Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Brokerage Clerks
- Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks
- Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks*
- Legal Secretaries
- Tax Preparers
- Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants*
- File Clerks
- Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
- Procurement Clerks
- Municipal Clerks
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013