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What does a Accounting Technician do?

Accounting technicians keep accurate financial accounts for all types of businesses. They also support qualified accountants by preparing and analysing financial information on their behalf.

Duties can vary depending on their level of responsibility and the size of the organisation. In a small business they may be the only person trained to deal with financial records, invoices and wages, whilst in a larger company they may work as part of an accounts team and specialise in certain tasks.

In practice, accounting technicians may begin their career with mostly administrative work such as processing and recording invoices, receipts and payments, and preparing ledger balances. With more experience, they progress to more complex tasks including preparing tax returns and accounts. As fully-qualified technicians they usually take on management responsibilities, carry out tasks such as drafting financial reports, planning and budget control, and assist accountants with audit procedures.

Most organisations have computerised systems using a variety of spreadsheets, databases and specialised accounting software packages.

What's the working environment like working as a Accounting Technician?

Most accounting technicians work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. They may need to work extra hours at busy times. In some organisations flexi-time may be in operation.

There are opportunities for part-time work and job sharing. Temporary work is often available.

The work is office-based with visits to clients’ premises required when assisting with audits.

What does it take to become a Accounting Technician?

To be an accounting technician you should:

  • be comfortable working with numbers
  • have good verbal and written communication skills, including report writing and presentation skills
  • have an interest in business and finance
  • be able to plan and organise your own workload
  • be able to solve problems, analyse data and draw conclusions
  • have good concentration and attention to detail
  • have the ability to work to strict deadlines
  • be honest, discreet and trustworthy.

Accounting Technician Career Opportunities

Accounting technicians work in all types of organisations, including commerce and industry, local and central government, public services and in private practice.

Openings for self-employment, often working on a part-time basis for a number of small businesses, are good.

Experienced accounting technicians can move into senior management positions or progress to becoming qualified accountants.

Accounting technician qualifications are recognised across the world, so work abroad is also an option.

Further information

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Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
154 Clerkenwell Rd
Tel: 020 7415 7500

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
2 Central Quay
89 Hydepark Street
G3 8DT
Tel: 0141 582 2000

Financial Services Skills Council
51 Gresham Street
Tel: 020 7216 7366

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