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Most bookkeepers need a high school diploma, and they usually learn some of their skills on the job. They must have basic math and computer skills, including knowledge of spreadsheets and bookkeeping software. However, some employers prefer candidates who have some postsecondary education, particularly coursework in accounting.
Bookkeepers usually get on-the-job training. Under the guidance of a supervisor or another experienced employee, new clerks learn how to do their tasks, including double-entry bookkeeping. Double-entry bookkeeping means that each transaction is entered twice, once as a debit and once as a credit to ensure that all accounts are balanced. Some formal classroom training also may be necessary, such as training in specialized computer software. This on-the-job training typically takes around six months.
Some bookkeepers become certified, which shows that they have the skills and knowledge needed to carry out all bookkeeping tasks, including overseeing payroll and balancing accounts, according to accepted accounting procedures. For certification, candidates must have at least two years of bookkeeping experience, pass a four-part exam, and adhere to a code of ethics. Several colleges and universities offer a preparatory course for certification. Some offer courses online. In addition, certified bookkeepers are required to meet a continuing education requirement every three years to keep their certification. With appropriate experience and education, some bookkeepers may become accountants or auditors.
What are Bookkeepers like?
Based on our pool of users, bookkeepers tend to be predominately conventional people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.
Industrial Designers by Strongest Interest Archetype
Based on sample of 1095 Sokanu users
Are Bookkeepers happy?
Bookkeepers rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 20th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.
Industrial Designer Career Satisfaction by Dimension
Percentile among all careers
Education History of Bookkeepers
The most common degree held by bookkeepers is Business Management And Administration. 7% of bookkeepers had a degree in business management and administration before becoming bookkeepers. That is over 1 times the average across all careers. Accounting graduates are the second most common among bookkeepers, representing 7% of bookkeepers in the Sokanu user base, which is 5.2 times the average.
Bookkeeper Education History
This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Bookkeeper, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.
|Degree||% of bookkeepers||% of population||Multiple|
|Business Management And Administration||7.3%||5.3%||1.4×|
Bookkeeper Education Levels
|High school diploma||38%|
How to Become a Bookkeeper
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Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DEOffers: Associates
Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DEOffers: Certificate, Associates
Delaware State University | Dover, DEOffers: Bachelors
University of Delaware | Newark, DEOffers: Bachelors
Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DEOffers: Certificate, Associates, Bachelors
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Bookkeeper Education Requirements
Bookkeepers help maintain the financial records for all types of organizations. Their duties include recording credits and debits, making bank deposits and taking care of payroll. Although some entry-level jobs only require high school, many employers prefer bookkeepers with an associate degree or certification.
National Association Of Certified Public Bookkeepers
NACPB helps to protect and assure the public that members are trusted and competent by offering nationally recognized public bookkeeper certifications and licenses.
Canadian Institute Of Bookkeeping
The Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preparing men and women for professional positions in a financial environment.