Accounting Clerk, Basic Certificate


Harold Washington

Program Code: 0424

Program Requirements

Required Program Core
BUSINES 111Introduction To Business3
BUSINES 181Financial Accounting4
BUSINES 182Managerial Accounting4
BUSINES 183Payroll Accounting3
BUSINES 213Data Visualization and Presentation for Business3
BUSINES 250Computerized Accounting Systems3
BUSINES 284Business Communications3
Program Electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits of the following:3
Intro Cost Accounting
Federal Income Tax
Business Law I
The Legal & Social Environment of Business
Corporate and Entity Federal Income Tax
Nonprofit Accounting
Total Hours26


This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Accounting Clerk. It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn a Basic Certificate.

Semester-By-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
BUSINES 111 Introduction To Business 3
BUSINES 181 Financial Accounting 4
BUSINES 213 Data Visualization and Presentation for Business 3
BUSINES 284 Business Communications 3
Semester 2
BUSINES 182 Managerial Accounting 4
BUSINES 183 Payroll Accounting 3
BUSINES 250 Computerized Accounting Systems 3
Select one of the following Electives: 3
Intro Cost Accounting  
Federal Income Tax  
Business Law I  
The Legal & Social Environment of Business  
Corporate and Entity Federal Income Tax  
Nonprofit Accounting  
 Total Hours26

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.


This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

Job Description

Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Lightcast earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$34,085
Median 50th Percentile$50,475
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$83,751

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$16
Median 50th Percentile$24
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$40

Annual Job Openings

3358 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less47.24%
A certificate20.79%
Some college4.72%
An Associate degree8.54%
A Bachelor's degree12.19%
A Master's or Professional degree6.52%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

18.71% continue their education beyond an associate degree