BOOKKEEPERS keep financial records for an organization. They use accounting software on personal computers and post charges to accounts on computer spreadsheets and databases. They enter information from receipts and bills into computers where it is stored electronically or as computer printouts. They prepare financial reports and summaries for managers. They may prepare bank deposits. They may also handle the payroll, make purchases, prepare invoices, and keep track of overdue accounts.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $36,000 average per year ($17.25 per hour)
- A very large occupation (1,675,200 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.0% per year)
Most employers require BOOKKEEPERS to have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. However, some college education is becoming more important, and an associate's degree in business or accounting is often required. Many college graduates take entry-level jobs to get into a company or into the finance and accounting field, in the hope of being promoted to professional or managerial positions. Most employers prefer workers who are computer literate; knowledge of spreadsheet software is especially valuable.