Most accounting occupations can be classified as being either a "professional" or "clerking" job. The "professional" jobs (like Accountant, Tax Preparer and Auditor) typically required a bachelor's degree in accounting. The "clerking" positions, which are described here, do not.
A high school diploma or GED is required and some employers require relevant junior college coursework. Few companies are willing to train on basic computer skills, so this must be obtained before the job search begins on ones own or through training offered by community colleges or city recreation departments.
Preference will be given to those who have had courses in areas like business math, typing, computer programs like QuickBooks, and bookkeeping.
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.