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What Does An Accounting Technician Do?

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Some people think that working in finance is boring – not so. We ask what does an accounting technician do?

Accounting technicians deal with day-to-day financial matters. How complex the work is and how much responsibility you are given will depend on your skills and experience.

What does an accounting technician do?

Accounting technicians are office-based and work normal office hours unless there is an important end of month processing activity that needs completing. You’ll be completing things like tax and VAT returns, preparing monthly accounts and ledger balances and recording and processing payments and invoices.

What qualifications do I need to be an accounting technician?


You’ll need five GCSEs, including maths and English at grade 9 – 4.


If you’re studying A-levels, then maths, economics or business would all be good subjects.

Vocational Level 3 courses

If you are going to study for a vocational qualification, then business studies would be good.


There is an apprenticeship route into this job. Employers will normally ask for five GCSEs for this too, including maths and English at grade 9 – 4. If you don’t have these GCSEs, you will be given the opportunity to gain them whilst doing your apprenticeship.

Professional accounting qualifications

There are several well recognised professional qualifications at different levels, including AAT and ACCA accounting qualifications. These are specifically for accounting, employers value them and they are recognised all over the world.

What work skills do I need?

You’ll obviously need an ability in maths and the handling of numerical data. You’ll also need to have problem-solving skills, IT skills and an interest in business and finance.

Good to know and expect to use:

  • A computer
  • Financial software
  • Spreadsheet software






If you want to find out about other finance and accountancy career options, including stockbroking, forensic accounting and retail banking – read our Four Finance and Accountancy Careers article.


About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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