Accounts Receivable Clerks are responsible for managing outstanding receivables owed to a company and recording payments as they come in. These payments are usually related to the sale of goods or services. However, they may be comprised of other receivables such as interest payments, the sale of intellectual property, or other tangible and non-tangible assets. In addition to managing current receivables, Accounts Receivable Clerks may also be tasked with contacting defaulted customers to collect past-due invoices.
Accounts Receivable Education Requirements
Becoming an Accounts Receivable Clerk does not require a college degree. However, for those who wish to pursue a higher level of responsibility within the company, having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree in accounting, finance or another related discipline will be helpful. Accounts Receivable Clerks will need to have a solid foundation in accounting in order to ensure transactions are recorded in line with generally accepted accounting principles. Successful Accounts Receivable Clerks will also have familiarity with a wide range of computer software applications including word processing and spreadsheet programs, prepackaged accounting software and accounts receivable tracking software. In addition, strong communications skills are a must as it will be necessary to contact customers regularly to inquire about payment.