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.
  • Complies with federal, state, and company policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Operates 10-key calculators, typewriters, and copy machines to perform calculations and produce documents.
  • Receives, records, and banks cash, checks, and vouchers.
  • Codes documents according to company procedures.
  • Performs financial calculations, such as amounts due, interest charges, balances, discounts, equity, and principal.
  • Reconciles or notes and reports discrepancies found in records.
  • Performs general office duties, such as filing, answering telephones, and handling routine correspondence.
  • Accesses computerized financial information to answer general questions as well as those related to specific accounts.

Insider Info

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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 requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • 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

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Account Clerk -- Performs a variety of duties which involve basic accounting and bookkeeping principles, including overseeing monies collected, posting to accounts and coordinating deposit activities.
  • Accounting Assistant --
  • Accounting Associate --
  • Accounting Clerk -- Reviews and maintains accounting records by entering balances and calculating interest on loans, bank accounts and credit accounts, reviewing invoices and bills and reconciling account statements.
  • Accounting Specialist --
  • Accounting Technician --
  • Accounts Payable Clerk -- Reconciles and pays all approved expenditures for a company, and ensures all expenses are paid in a timely fashion.
  • Accounts Payable Specialist -- Receives and reviews invoices from vendors and makes sure the company's records match the cost of the bill and if everything is in order, pays the bill.
  • Accounts Payables Clerk --
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk -- Keeps track of invoices, purchases and money transactions within a company.