Career Guide  
Accounting Clerk
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Skill Requirements

Intellectual - basic

  • Able to work under pressure.
  • Strong ability to concentrate.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Accuracy.
  • Legible handwriting.

Intellectual - specialized

  • Mathematical ability.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Familiarity with the relevant spreadsheet or database software program.


  • Able to work with others.
  • Able to work under close supervision.


  • Able to work at a computer for extended periods of time.

Skill Maintenance Requirement

  • Moderate. If one remains in the same job, they will occasionally learn to use a new computer software program. However, if they advance in their career or move to other companies, new processes and software will be learned at each new job.

    Remaining current is often accomplished by taking short courses.

Experience Prerequisites

High school work-study programs provide good opportunities to gain experience and see if one finds the work appealing.


Education/Training Required

A high school diploma or GED is required, and preference will be given to those who have had courses in areas like business math, typing, computer training, and bookkeeping.

Some employers require relevant junior college coursework.

The next section in this career guide ("Bay Area Education/Training Resources") provides detailed information on some of the training programs available for Accounting Clerks.

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