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Overview

All Bookkeepers

  • $1,234 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • 100,200 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 33% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 91% female Gender Share

Bookkeepers maintain and evaluate records of financial transactions in account books and computerised accounting systems.

Specialisations: Financial Administration Officer.

You can work as a Bookkeeper without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) or university qualifications in areas such as bookkeeping and accounting.

Tasks
  • keeping financial records, and maintaining and balancing accounts using manual and computerised systems
  • monitoring cash flow and lines of credit
  • preparing and producing financial statements, budget and expenditure reports and analyses using account books, ledgers and accounting software packages
  • preparing invoices, purchase orders and bank deposits
  • reconciling accounts against monthly bank statements
  • verifying recorded transactions and reporting irregularities to management
  • may be required to prepare forms reporting business tax entitlements and obligations such as the amount of goods and services tax paid and collected

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Bookkeeper without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) or university qualifications in areas such as bookkeeping and accounting.

Registration or licencing may be required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Financial Services VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Bookkeepers who work well in a team, are flexible and adaptable yet can also work independently and self-manage.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Clerical

    70% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  2. Economics and accounting

    54% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  3. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. English language

    50% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Computers and electronics

    47% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  6. Customer and personal service

    47% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  7. Administration and management

    41% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  8. Law and government

    29% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  9. Personnel and human resources

    27% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  10. Education and training

    22% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  11. Sales and marketing

    20% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  12. Communications and media

    20% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  13. Transportation

    17% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  14. Public safety and security

    17% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  15. Production and processing

    12% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  16. Psychology

    11% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  17. Telecommunications

    11% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  18. Foreign language

    10% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  19. Mechanical

    6% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  20. Engineering and technology

    4% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    55% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  2. Reading comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Critical thinking

    50% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Speaking

    48% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Mathematics

    46% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  6. Writing

    46% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  7. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  8. Time management

    45% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  9. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  10. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  12. Social perceptiveness

    41% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  13. Coordination with others

    37% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Serving others

    37% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  15. Learning strategies

    36% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  16. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  17. Negotiation

    36% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  18. Persuasion

    36% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Instructing

    34% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  20. Systems analysis

    32% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Written comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  3. Near vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  4. Written expression

    52% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  5. Oral expression

    52% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Working with numbers

    52% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  7. Mathematics

    50% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  8. Sorting or ordering

    50% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  9. Categorising

    46% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Deductive reasoning

    46% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  11. Problem spotting

    45% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  12. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  13. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  14. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  15. Selective attention

    41% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  17. Perceptual speed

    37% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  18. Finger dexterity

    36% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  19. Memorization

    36% Skill level

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  20. Far vision

    34% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    65% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    63% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Researching and investigating

    62% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    61% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  5. Building good relationships

    59% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  6. Communicating within a team

    58% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    53% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  8. Documenting or recording information

    53% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  9. Looking for changes over time

    53% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  10. Managing payments and orders

    51% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  11. Working with computers

    50% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  12. Making sense of information and ideas

    49% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  13. Making decisions and solving problems

    49% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  14. Providing office support

    47% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  15. Communicating with the public

    44% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  16. Explaining things to people

    40% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  17. Checking compliance with standards

    40% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  18. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    40% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  19. Training and teaching others

    40% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  20. Thinking creatively

    39% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 43-3031.00 - Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Telephone

    97% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Repeating same tasks

    96% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    94% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Electronic mail

    92% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    89% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  6. Spend time sitting

    88% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  7. Unstructured work

    86% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  8. Face-to-face discussions

    86% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  9. Freedom to make decisions

    83% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  10. Frequent decision making

    81% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  11. Time pressure

    79% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  12. Contact with people

    78% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  13. Teamwork

    76% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  14. Impact of decisions

    75% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  15. Letters and memos

    74% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  16. Making repetitive motions

    70% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  17. Contact with the public

    67% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  18. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    67% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  19. Conflict situations

    63% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    58% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    67% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Achievement

    52% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Independence

    52% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  5. Working conditions

    52% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Administrative

    100% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  2. Enterprising

    52% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  3. Analytical

    33% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Practical

    33% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  5. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 43-3031.00 - Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks.

All Bookkeepers

  • $1,234 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • 100,200 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 33% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 91% female Gender Share

Bookkeepers maintain and evaluate records of financial transactions in account books and computerised accounting systems.

Specialisations: Financial Administration Officer.

You can work as a Bookkeeper without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) or university qualifications in areas such as bookkeeping and accounting.

Tasks
  • keeping financial records, and maintaining and balancing accounts using manual and computerised systems
  • monitoring cash flow and lines of credit
  • preparing and producing financial statements, budget and expenditure reports and analyses using account books, ledgers and accounting software packages
  • preparing invoices, purchase orders and bank deposits
  • reconciling accounts against monthly bank statements
  • verifying recorded transactions and reporting irregularities to management
  • may be required to prepare forms reporting business tax entitlements and obligations such as the amount of goods and services tax paid and collected

You can work as a Bookkeeper without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) or university qualifications in areas such as bookkeeping and accounting.

Registration or licencing may be required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Financial Services VET training pathways.

Employers look for Bookkeepers who work well in a team, are flexible and adaptable yet can also work independently and self-manage.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Clerical

    70% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  2. Economics and accounting

    54% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  3. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. English language

    50% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Computers and electronics

    47% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  6. Customer and personal service

    47% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  7. Administration and management

    41% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  8. Law and government

    29% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  9. Personnel and human resources

    27% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  10. Education and training

    22% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  11. Sales and marketing

    20% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  12. Communications and media

    20% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  13. Transportation

    17% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  14. Public safety and security

    17% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  15. Production and processing

    12% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  16. Psychology

    11% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  17. Telecommunications

    11% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  18. Foreign language

    10% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  19. Mechanical

    6% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  20. Engineering and technology

    4% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    55% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  2. Reading comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Critical thinking

    50% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Speaking

    48% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Mathematics

    46% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  6. Writing

    46% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  7. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  8. Time management

    45% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  9. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  10. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  12. Social perceptiveness

    41% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  13. Coordination with others

    37% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Serving others

    37% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  15. Learning strategies

    36% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  16. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  17. Negotiation

    36% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  18. Persuasion

    36% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Instructing

    34% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  20. Systems analysis

    32% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Written comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  3. Near vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  4. Written expression

    52% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  5. Oral expression

    52% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Working with numbers

    52% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  7. Mathematics

    50% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  8. Sorting or ordering

    50% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  9. Categorising

    46% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Deductive reasoning

    46% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  11. Problem spotting

    45% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  12. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  13. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  14. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  15. Selective attention

    41% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  17. Perceptual speed

    37% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  18. Finger dexterity

    36% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  19. Memorization

    36% Skill level

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  20. Far vision

    34% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    65% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    63% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Researching and investigating

    62% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    61% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  5. Building good relationships

    59% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  6. Communicating within a team

    58% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    53% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  8. Documenting or recording information

    53% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  9. Looking for changes over time

    53% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  10. Managing payments and orders

    51% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  11. Working with computers

    50% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  12. Making sense of information and ideas

    49% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  13. Making decisions and solving problems

    49% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  14. Providing office support

    47% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  15. Communicating with the public

    44% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  16. Explaining things to people

    40% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  17. Checking compliance with standards

    40% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  18. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    40% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  19. Training and teaching others

    40% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  20. Thinking creatively

    39% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 43-3031.00 - Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Telephone

    97% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Repeating same tasks

    96% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    94% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Electronic mail

    92% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    89% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  6. Spend time sitting

    88% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  7. Unstructured work

    86% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  8. Face-to-face discussions

    86% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  9. Freedom to make decisions

    83% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  10. Frequent decision making

    81% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  11. Time pressure

    79% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  12. Contact with people

    78% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  13. Teamwork

    76% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  14. Impact of decisions

    75% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  15. Letters and memos

    74% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  16. Making repetitive motions

    70% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  17. Contact with the public

    67% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  18. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    67% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  19. Conflict situations

    63% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    58% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    67% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Achievement

    52% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Independence

    52% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  5. Working conditions

    52% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Administrative

    100% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  2. Enterprising

    52% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  3. Analytical

    33% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Practical

    33% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  5. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 43-3031.00 - Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks.
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