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Accounting Careers

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Many job options are available to people with accounting knowledge and skills, depending on the educational level and experience, including:

  • Accounting assistant
  • Accounts payable clerk
  • Accounts receivable clerk
  • Auditor
  • Billing clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Budget analyst
  • Cashier
  • Cost accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial examiner
  • Inventory specialist
  • Payroll clerk
  • Securities clerk
  • Tax accountant
  • Tax preparer
  • Teller

Careers and salaries vary widely, but there will always be a job market for qualified professionals with an accounting background. Your professional advancement will depend on your level of education as well as job performance. Several  career categories listed below require additional career training or education.

America’s Career Infonet gives detailed information about the skills, abilities, work activities and recommended education for jobs in related fields such as: 

Job

Hourly Rate

Annual Salary

Projected Growth Through 2022 in Texas

Accountants and auditors $31.25 $65,000 +13%
Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks $16.78 $34,900 +11%
First-line supervisors and managers of office and administrative support workers $24.31 $50,600 +12%
Financial analysts $37.27 $77,500 +16%
Financial examiners $34.67 $72,100 +6%
Tax preparers $15.02 $31,200 +10%

Demand in Accounting Fields

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, there are more than 2 million jobs for bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks. Most are employed in local government and in the accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services industry. High demand ensures plentiful job openings, including opportunities for temporary and part-time work.

Experience and Education Needed for Accounting Positions

Most bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks are required to have a high school degree at a minimum. Having some college education is increasingly important, and an associate degree in business or accounting is required for some positions.

Experience in a related job and working in an office environment also is recommended. Employers prefer workers who are computer literate, with knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software. Once hired, bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks usually receive on-the-job training. Some formal classroom training also may be necessary, such as training in specific computer software.

How to Get Ahead in Accounting

Bookkeepers, particularly those who handle recordkeeping for companies, may benefit from becoming certified.

  • The Certified Bookkeeper (CB) designation, awarded by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, assures employers that individuals have the skills and knowledge required to carry out all the bookkeeping and accounting functions up through the adjusted trial balance, including payroll functions. For certification, candidates must have at least two years of bookkeeping experience, pass three tests and adhere to a code of ethics.
  • The American Payroll Association offers two levels of certification, the Fundamental Payment Certification (FPC) and Certified Payroll Professional (CPP). 

Professional Organizations

You’ll find helpful information about accounting careers, certifications, licensing and more by visiting the websites of some accounting industry professional organizations.