Bookkeeping and Accounting Clerks
Education & Training
To work as a bookkeeping or accounting clerk, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or GED; and
- complete moderate-term on-the-job training.
Education after high school
You need at least a high school diploma or GED to enter this occupation. Many bookkeeping and accounting clerks have completed some college courses or an associate degree. You can learn bookkeeping and accounting skills at high schools, business schools, or two-year colleges.
Employers usually provide on-the-job training for new bookkeeping and accounting clerks. For example, you learn office procedures from experienced workers. You may also attend some formal classes to learn the company's computer software. Training may last up to one year.
The military trains people to be finance and accounting specialists. Training lasts six to 12 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job. Depending on your specialty, you may need classes in math, accounting, or bookkeeping before you enlist.
Related Programs (Current training programs available)
Fields of Study (What to study to prepare for this career)
Click on any of the Fields of Study listed below to find out more about preparing for this career.
- Bookkeeping and Accounting Technology
- Data Entry and Processing
- Medical Coding and Billing
Helpful High School Courses
You should take a general high school curriculum that meets the state's graduation requirements. You will be required to take both math and science classes to graduate.
Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this occupation include:
- Banking and Finance
- Computer Applications
- Office Procedures
The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.
You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.
Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career.
Source: Minnesota Department of Education.