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Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks in California

May also be called: Accounting Clerks; Accounts Payables Clerks; Accounting Assistants; Bookkeepers; Accounts Receivable Clerks; Accounting Associates; Fiscal Technicians; Accounting Representatives; Accounting Technicians, and Audit Clerks

What Would I Do?

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks are an organization’s financial record keepers. They update and maintain accounting records, including those which tabulate expenditures, receipts, accounts payable and receivable, and profit and loss.

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks work in a temperature controlled office environment. They often have to sit for extended periods while reviewing detailed data. Clerks must take proper precautions to avoid muscle strain, backaches, headaches, or repetitive motion injuries that could result from using computers on a daily basis.

Will This Job Fit Me?

People who enjoy work activities that follow set procedures and routines might like this type of job. Those who prefer working with data and detail rather than with ideas, and who prefer work that has precise standards rather than work that requires making judgments might also enjoy this work. Accounting occupations satisfy those with realistic interests.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

Earnings for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks often vary by firm, level of experience, and workload assigned.

The median wage in 2017 for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks in California was $44,979 annually, or $21.63 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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In general, full-time Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks are offered medical and dental insurance, vacation and sick leave, and retirement benefits.

What is the Job Outlook?

The need for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks is expected to slow as the spread of office automation increases worker productivity. However, the large size of this occupation ensures plentiful job openings, including many opportunities for temporary and part-time workers. Those who can carry out a wider range of bookkeeping and accounting activities will be in greater demand than specialized Clerks.

How Do I Qualify?

Most Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks are required to have a high school degree at a minimum. Having some college is increasingly important, and an associate degree in business or accounting is required for some positions.

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