A junior bookkeeper is a professional in the accounting field who generally handles much of the day-to-day, entry-level accounting work for their organization. Their duties include entering transactions, confirming the accuracy of entered information, helping prepare reports as necessary, and completing any other duties as required.
Junior bookkeepers generally work full time in an office setting during regular business hours. They spend a majority of their time working at a computer conducting data entry and other bookkeeping functions. A junior bookkeeper generally reports to a senior-level accountant in the organization, who checks their work for accuracy and completeness and makes any required changes and additions.
Junior bookkeepers typically have backgrounds in accounting, business, and/or finance. Those who are using the position as a stepping stone to a higher-level accounting position generally have at least a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, or a related field; some have or are pursuing a master's degree. Many are (or are working toward) status as a certified public accountant (CPA), though this is not a requirement for the junior bookkeeper position. Those who are planning to stay as junior bookkeepers may have an associate's or bachelor's degree in a related field. Experience with accounting and database software, such as QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel, is generally required or preferred.
Junior Bookkeeper Tasks
Produce client billing statements and invoices.
Ensure bills and invoices are paid on time.
Assist Bookkeeper in handling changes to accounting books and balances accounts.
Maintain bookkeeping records, copying and filing information as required.