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A Day in the Life of a Business Accounting Specialist
As a business accounting specialist, you can work at company in virtually any industry, performing a wide range of vital duties, and, quite often, receiving a great benefit package. Central to the day-to-day running of a business, you will be responsible for improving efficiency in every department of your organization. Job titles vary and with them, the exact nature of the job. Your position may alternatively be titled something like billing, collections, or payroll specialist or clerk.
Where Do Accounting Specialists Work? With such an important role to play, there is never a shortage of accounting specialist jobs. You can find work in accounting firms, law offices, banks, government agencies, the military, and general businesses in their payroll or accounting departments. Some accounting specialists even start their own businesses, providing their skills and expertise to companies on a freelance basis that allows them to fit their work around their lives.
What Do Accounting Specialists Wear? There is no standard attire for all accounting specialists; clothing depends on individual preferences as well as the company dress code. Most common is smart casual, but some accounting specialists wear suits or informal outfits.
What Are Accounting Specialists’ Main Duties? Accounting specialists are responsible for carrying out a variety of tasks related to the recording and reporting of financial transactions. This can include:
Maintaining accounting records
Managing general ledger bookkeeping
Reconciliation of bank statements
Processing accounts receivable and accounts payable
Inputting invoices into payment systems
Posting payments to customer accounts
Processing payments to vendors
Establishing purchase orders
Completing bank deposits (more common in small companies)
How Much Do Accounting Specialists Earn? Accounting specialists earn around $17.90 per hour or $37,240 a year in Texas, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are 123,600 jobs across the state, and that number is expected to grow by about 11 percent between 2012 and 2022. If becoming a business accounting specialist sounds like the right career choice for you, the best option is to take a course at a trade school that will lead to the certifications you need to practice in Texas. A Certified Professional Bookkeeper (CPB) qualification is essential, but Intuit Quickbooks and Microsoft Office certifications in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are all useful to have. Start your search for a school now, and after just 40 hours of study, you will be able to graduate with the skills and experience you need to begin your new career.
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“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”
Denise S. Medical Assistant
“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”
“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”
Annette D. Business Accounting
“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”
Bonnie M Medical Assistant
“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”
Sidney B Medical Assistant
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“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”
“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”
* Past students’ outcomes, starting salaries, or job prospects are not indictive of the possible job outcomes for future and current students. SCI does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI.