Becoming an accountant requires at least a bachelor's degree and passing licensing exams in your specific state. However, you may complete an accountant certificate program by taking a few accounting courses and obtain a position in an accounting-related job.
A payroll clerk is in charge of entering time sheet information, checking accuracy of time sheets and printing or direct depositing pay checks for employees. Typically, only a high school diploma or GED is required to become payroll clerk. However, courses in accounting, especially payroll accounting, or an accounting certificate and experience with payroll software will increase your chances of obtaining a position as a payroll clerk. As of 2010, payroll clerks have an average annual salary of $26,253 to $36,322.
Accounts Receivable Clerk
An accounts receivable clerk is responsible for keeping track of money owed to a business, preparing invoices and reviewing customers' credit. Accounts receivable clerks also perform debt collection duties or may refer delinquent accounts to a debt collection agency. A high school diploma or GED is required, but a certificate in accounting or significant coursework in accounting is preferable for this position. As of 2010, the average annual salary is $25,615 to $34,956.
Accounts Payable Clerk
An accounts payable clerk handles invoices and other expenses accrued by an organization, submits payments for these debts and creates expense reports. In small organizations, accounts payable and accounts receivable duties may be held by the same individual. A high school diploma or GED is required, but coursework in accounting or an accounting certificate is preferable. As of 2010, the average annual salary is $26,407 to $35,832.
Patient Account Representative
A patient account representative works at a hospital, medical clinic or another provider of medical services and has the duty of sending out bills to patients, attempting to collect debts from delinquent accounts and assisting patients with applying for financial assistance programs. A high school diploma or GED is required, but coursework in accounting or an accounting certificate, especially one focused on health care accounting, is typically preferred. As of 2010, the average annual salary is $25,863 to $34,671.
A credit counselor works with individuals with debts, assisting them with working out a budget and coordinating with creditors to develop debt management plans, which are agreements with creditors that restructure how a debtor is allowed to repay a debt. Credit counselors typically have an educational background that includes accounting courses or an accounting certificate. As of 2010, the average annual salary is $27,949 to $39,170.