A Quick Glimpse at Entry Level Accounting Jobs

Reviewed: August 21, 2014
By FinanceWeb

or those who are interested in establishing a career within the accounting industry, there’s great news. This industry is expected to grow extensively (11 to 13 percent) over the next few years, meaning there will be a high demand for accounting professionals. And best of all, a person doesn’t necessarily have to obtain a bachelor’s or master’s degree to secure employment in an accounting-related position. In fact, many entry-level positions will only require that a person possess a high school diploma, GED or an associate’s degree. However, it should be remembered that the higher the level of education that a person has, the broader his or her employment opportunities will be.

As for now, here is a quick look at several entry-level accounting jobs that tend to be in high demand. As with any line of work, securing any of the jobs listed below will be greatly affected by a person’s ability to create a detailed resume, network with other accounting professionals, and most importantly, by the person’s capability to ace an interview.

Bookkeeper

Almost any type of business will need a bookkeeper. Even sole proprietors need bookkeepers, however, they tend to serve as their own, while having a professional tax accountant file their taxes for them. Nonetheless, though, small and large businesses need bookkeepers, and many of them will employ a person regardless of his or her education. As long as the person has top-notch bookkeeping skills, this is usually sufficient enough. There are some people who have secured entry level bookkeeping jobs without having a high school diploma. Best of all, bookkeepers tends to make upward of $16/hr. That’s more than $35,000 a year.

Certified Public Accountant

A certified public accountant (CPA) usually requires that a person have at least two to four years of postsecondary educational training. He or she will also need to pass the CPA exam. Once the requirements have been met, a person can then go on to secure an entry level accounting job at many of today’s top accounting firms. Or, if preferred, a CPA can work for an individual business as a primary or assistant accountant. An entry level CPA with one to four years of experience will likely make anywhere from $49,000 to $51,000 a year.

Enrolled Agent

Another entry level accounting job that is fairly simple to enter into is that of an Enrolled Agent, which is an accounting professional who represents taxpayers when they must appear before the IRS. To become an Enrolled Agent, a person will need to pass an exam as well as possibly have a minimal amount of postsecondary education. Most times, however, an exam and on-the-job training are all that’s needed to enter this line of work. On average, an Enrolled Agent will make upward of $50,000 a year.

Accounting Clerk

Much like a bookkeeper, an accounting clerk maintains his or her employers’ ledgers and financial books. Although this role tends to involve tedious and mundane work, it’s an excellent way to gain hand-on experience in the field of accounting, which can be used at a later time to secure an upper-level position. Accounting clerks often make the same amount of money as bookkeepers.