WHAT DO BOOKKEEPERS DO?
You know what the numbers mean. If you understand math, have a head for figures, and like to keep track of how everyone spends the company dime, you might be ready for a bookkeeping job. Bookkeepers, or bookkeeping clerks, work with a company's accounts, making sure that every transaction, deposit and income is recorded in the company ledger. Bookkeepers use software to track these numbers, sometimes take in cash and checks, and record the transactions. Bookkeepers are often called upon to produce reports to help explain to management where company money is going and make sure that any discrepancies in the financial records are reconciled.
HOW MUCH DO BOOKKEEPERS MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in 2010, bookkeepers made a median hourly income of $16.36 per hour, or $34,030 annually.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Most bookkeepers have a high school diploma, and some employers might require secondary education. You will certainly need some understanding of basic accounting practices, computers and spreadsheets, although you may learn some of this on the job. Certification by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers or the National Bookkeepers Association is available.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Attention to Detail: Accuracy is key. Good bookkeepers pay attention and make sure that mistakes in the numbers are not made.
- Math: Adding, subtracting, and basic arithmetic is crucial.
- Computer Skills: Preparing and producing spreadsheets and using bookkeeping software will be necessary.
- Confidentiality: You will know the inner workings of a company's financial documents. Your discretion is important.
CAREER PATHS FOR BOOKKEEPERS
THE FUTURE OF BOOKKEEPERS
The BLS states that bookkeeper jobs should grow at a rate of 14% by 2020, around the average rate of job growth in America.