How to Be an Auditing Clerk

Attention to detail is an important quality for auditing clerks.

Attention to detail is an important quality for auditing clerks.

Auditing clerks are the proofreaders of the accounting industry. Working as an auditing clerk, your job is to confirm the accuracy of a variety of financial documents, ranging from expense reports to purchase orders to tax documents. Auditing clerks are often supervised by an auditor as part of an auditing team. You don't need a college degree, but many auditing clerks have had at least some college courses in accounting and finance, and a growing number are earning college degrees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 25 percent of auditing clerks had at least an associate degree in 2009.

Graduate from high school or earn your GED. Take any finance, bookkeeping or accounting classes offered at your high school.

Complete an associate degree program in auditing, account auditing or business at a local community college. An associate degree program typically takes two years, and you'll take classes in finance, accounting, auditing and business management. Although an associate degree isn't usually a requirement for working as an auditing clerk, many employers prefer candidates with degrees, and the trend toward greater educational requirements for auditing clerks is likely to continue.

Apply for entry-level auditing clerk positions in your area or in another city where you want to work. Almost all larger companies hire a significant number of auditing clerks, especially the insurance and financial services industries. Most academic institutions and federal, state and local government agencies also employ auditing clerks.

Work hard during your initial training and make a point of not being late or missing a day during your new-employee probationary period. Don't be afraid to ask questions and do take some initiative after you've been on the job long enough to get a feel for what needs doing.

Tip

  • Try to find a part-time job as a bookkeeper or a similar position while you're in school. Having some related professional experience under your belt helps distinguish you from other applicants and can help you find an ideal first job.
 

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