Bookkeeping and Accounting Clerk  What They Do

Just the Facts


Computes, classifies, and records numerical data to keep financial records complete. Performs 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.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Administrative Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Operates computers programmed with accounting software to record, store, and analyze information.
  • Checks figures, postings, and documents for correct entry, mathematical accuracy, and proper codes.
  • Classifies, records, and summarizes numerical and financial data to compile and keep financial records, using journals and ledgers or computers.
  • Debits, credits, and totals accounts on computer spreadsheets and databases, using specialized accounting software.
  • Operates 10-key calculators, typewriters, and copy machines to perform calculations and produce documents.
  • Receives, records, and banks cash, checks, and vouchers.
  • Complies with federal, state, and company policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Codes documents according to company procedures.
  • Compiles statistical, financial, accounting, or auditing reports and tables pertaining to such matters as cash receipts, expenditures, accounts payable and receivable, and profits and losses.
  • Reconciles or notes and reports discrepancies found in records.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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