Career Description:In the bookkeeping career path, some of the duties you will be expected to perform include preparing ledger accounts, trial balances, stock and credit control and managing accounts receivable and payable, manage pay rolls for employees and make social security and tax deductions from employees’ pay and for the organization. Bookkeepers generally keep the accounting records of companies or organizations up to date on a daily basis. You will need to be a detail oriented individual and be able to keep matters confidential, to pursue this career.

How to Become a Bookkeeper

The first step is for you to complete high school.

Then pursue post high school education. You have the choice of pursuing a one year certificate course in bookkeeping. Alternatively, you have the choice of pursuing an associate’s degree for two years or a Bachelors degree.

The third step is to get a practicing license. You can choose to get a certification from the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIBS) to increase your chances of recruitment as a bookkeeper. You will need at least two years professional experience as a bookkeeper and to pass a 4 part AIBS exam, before you can receive certification.


You can choose to specialize in different areas as a bookkeeper. Some of the specialization areas include but are not limited to:

Audit clerks

Accounting clerks

General ledger bookkeepers

Tax preparer

Insurance policy clerk

Bank teller

Brokerage clerk

BOOKEEPING Courses, Training, Programs, certification online courses

The training program you chose in order to pursue a bookkeeping career should educate you on how to carry out accounting transactions on a day to basis using various machineries such as computers. Some of the classes that are included in bookkeeping training programs include: Cost accounting, Essentials of Economics, Intermediate Accounting and Principles of Financial Accounting.

Some of the degree programs you have the choice of pursuing in order to become a bookkeeper,  include Business Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters in Business Administration. You have the option of pursuing these courses through certificate online courses. Preferably, pick an accounting college that has been accredited by established accounting bodies such as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Schools/colleges, education

You will need a GPA of at least 3.5 and SAT scores of at least 600 as a prerequisite to admission into college. Instead of entrance exams, some universities will ask you to write a statement of purpose as a prerequisite to admission.

TOP 5 colleges/Universities

DeVry University

Strayer University Online

University of Phoenix

Kaplan University

Argosy University

BOOKEEPING Jobs Opportunities, Salaries/pay

The job outlook for a bookkeeping career is great and you should expect to always have a reliable job whether you choose to work from home or for an organization. You have the choice of working overseas as a bookkeeper.

When you are still pursuing your studies for a bookkeeping career, it will be a good idea to look at job advertisements even if you are still not through with your education. This will keep you enlightened on the types of qualifications that employers are looking for. You can then pursue those skills if you want to become more marketable once you finish college.

Category: Accounting Careers

Comments (1)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

Sites That Link to this Post

  1. Accounting Careers, Accountant careers | Career Guidance | September 15, 2009

Leave a Reply

× 1 = two