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Is Bookkeeping the Right Job for You?

Do you like taking notes and keeping meticulous records? Do you like to work math problems out yourself, instead of turning to calculators (or at least making an attempt first)? Do you find numbers interesting?

You might really enjoy a career as a bookkeeper! Here’s how to know if your interests add up to a bookkeeper’s future.

No degree is required to start.

Bookkeepers can get started in their careers with just a high school diploma; they don’t need years of schooling and high-level degrees. All you need is a good head for numbers, an eye for detail and a willingness to learn. Bookkeepers are the ones tasked with keeping a record of a company’s day-to-day finances and transactions, reconciling bank information and picking out small discrepancies that can lead up to big errors if not caught quickly. They will track and handle invoices and, if a company has both a bookkeeper and an accountant, they will work closely with the accountant to make sure everything is squared up.

Try your hand with several companies at once.

Bookkeepers might work as consultants, doing work for a handful of clients at the same time. This flexibility can be great for people who aren’t looking to work a permanent, full-time job for a little while and it can help someone getting started in the field determine whether this is the career for them. The ability to try different clients at once also means the budding bookkeeper has the chance to see what kind of company they’d like to work for if this becomes their full-time work.

It’s a growing job opportunity with plenty of openings.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that bookkeeping jobs as a career field would expand 11% between 2012 and 2022, representing 37,000 new jobs each year. It’s a line of work that’s highly in demand wherever you live in the country! (And it just so happens one of the biggest states for bookkeeping job opportunities is in Texas — where Sterling Personnel has our offices!)

No matter your larger interests, there’s a bookkeeping job available.

All companies and businesses need a bookkeeper. If you’re good with math and love science, you might consider a bookkeeping job with a technology firm, a medical company, or a company that works on space exploration components. The sky’s the limit! An estimated 12% of bookkeepers work in professional, scientific and technical services, while others work in retail settings, trade organizations, health care or social assistance programs.

You like changing things up during the day.

Working as a bookkeeper means you’ll work on a dozen or more different tasks in a given day. If you like to keep moving and working on different things, bookkeeping might be right up your alley: You won’t spend your whole work day on a single project but will shuffle from item to item as you go, taking on different numbers and tabulations every day. If you get bored easily and like mental challenges, you might feel really at home as a bookkeeper.


Looking to add some excitement to your career? Count on Sterling Personnel to help!

Crunch the numbers and you might find that bookkeeping sounds like a great fit for you, with low barriers to entry and nearly unlimited opportunities to try new things and advance your career.

Ready to get started? Contact Sterling Personnel today. We work with clients who are looking for full-time and temporary bookkeepers and we’d be happy to help you find the right job for you. Contact Sterling Personnel today and let’s get started!