accounting clerk jobs

accounting clerk jobs

As an Accounting Clerk, you provide clerical and accounting support for the finance department, processing financial records. You assist a company’s bookkeeper, controller or finance director with a variety of tasks. You might process invoices, assist in accounts payable and receivable and establish and maintain financial records. You may also perform other clerical duties as part of your job. What you do depends on the size of the company that employs you.

You work in an office environment in a variety of industries and organizations within the public and private sectors, and report to a controller or your department head. In a smaller office, you might find yourself performing all finance transactions. Your day is typically nine to five, although overtime may be necessary from time to time.

accounting clerk jobs

accounting clerk job description

In your role as an Accounting Clerk, you may:

  • calculate, prepare and process bills, invoices, inventory reports, account statements, purchase orders, payroll and other financial statements using computerized and manual systems
  • code, total, batch, enter, verify and reconcile transactions like accounts payable and receivable
  • compile data for budgets and reports, keep track of costs
  • respond to customer inquiries
  • perform related clerical duties like word processing, filing, faxing and photocopying

future possibilities

Recently, employment opportunities for Accounting Clerks have increased as accounting activities have become more computerized and economies change. More organizations are using more advanced accounting software so that the roles historically performed by accountants can now done by Accounting Clerks who have technical skills. Many companies are now combining roles and diversifying tasks for employees in your position. Opportunities arise internally due to retirements and promotions. Gaining experience, honing your skills and continuous learning can help you advance to positions like Accounts Payable Clerk, Accountant, Payroll & Benefits Administrator and other financial supervisory and managerial roles.

required skills

A successful Accounting Clerk needs:

  • math skills and familiarity with basic accounting principles
  • attention to detail and problem solving
  • ethical standards and professionalism
  • computer and technology skills
  • good people skills
  • good communication skills
  • flexibility and willingness to perform a variety of support tasks


The role of Accounting Clerk is largely an entry-level position with lots of opportunity for growth and advancement. It’s a great way to get your foot in the door. You need at least a high school diploma and most employers require successful completion of a diploma program from an accredited vocational institution, with an emphasis on administration, accounting, secretarial studies and office system technology. According to Service Canada, employers favor graduates with a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in accounting and management technology fare better than those with other diplomas. 

Though many entry-level positions offer on-the-job training, proficiency in office productivity and accounting software is the key to being hired for better-paying jobs. 

French and English fluency is a plus.

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