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How to become a Bookkeeper

To become a bookkeeper, you will need a minimum of a high school diploma or GED, although some employers prefer candidates who have completed some level of post-secondary education such as an associate's degree or certificate program. Many employers will hire bookkeepers with no experience and provide them with on-the-job training.

Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

What skills help Bookkeepers find jobs?

  • Bookkeeping
  • QuickBooks
  • Accounting Software
  • Payroll
  • Sage
  • Accounting
  • Quicken
  • Computer Operation
  • Accounts Payable
  • Data Entry
  • Xero
  • Accounts Receivable

Career progression for Bookkeeper

Education levels for Bookkeepers

0%1%32%33%34%Middle School EducationMaster's DegreeBachelor's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GEDAssociate's Degree

Based on the requirements of Bookkeeper job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience29k31k34k36k39kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Bookkeeper in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Bookkeepers

  • Certified Bookkeeper
  • Certified Notary Public
  • CPA
  • Driver's License
  • Enrolled Agent
  • Certified Compensation Professional
  • Certified Payroll Professional
  • Non-CDL Class C
  • Safe Quality Food Certification
  • Counseling Certification
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • ServSafe
Common questions about career advices for a Bookkeeper

How do you become a certified bookkeeper?

Professional certification as a bookkeeper is voluntary, but can help expand your career opportunities. You can become a certified bookkeeper through the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) once you have at least two years experience on the job. There are no minimum educational requirements to earn the certification. Candidates for this certification must submit an application, meet the minimum work experience requirement, pass the four-part exam, adhere to the code of ethics and complete about 20 hours of continuing education requirements each year.

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What skills do you need to be a good bookkeeper?

Bookkeepers need several skills to be successful in their roles, but the most commonly sought skills include strong math skills, computer literacy and data entry, a strong attention to detail and accuracy, verbal and written communication skills, time management and organizational skills.

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What is the difference between a bookkeeper and an accountant?

Bookkeepers handle the recording phase of the accounting process. Accountants handle the interpreting, analyzing, classifying, reporting and summarizing phases of the accounting process. When a business needs to handle financial tasks beyond the scope of a bookkeeper, the bookkeeper's records are given to an accountant.

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