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Maxwell, Lyle||Stehr, B. W.

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

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Department of Business Education


Accountants--Illinois--Chicago Heights; Bookkeeping


Businesses were surveyed to determine kinds of jobs available and qualifications needed to obtain employment in the area of bookkeeping. Opinionnaires were mailed to 100 selected businesses in Chicago Heights, Illinois, and 81 (8l per cent) usable responses were obtained. The major purposes of the study were: (1) To determine the kinds of positions that are available for high school graduates with the proper training. (2) To obtain data about qualifications required of high school graduates who are seeking employment in the area of bookkeeping. (3) To determine personal characteristics employers consider necessary for success on the job. (4) To determine skills high school graduates are expected to possess in bookkeeping and accounting. Businessmen in Chicago Heights expect high school graduates to have knowledge of and skill in the operation of office machines. Ten-key and full-keyboard adding machines were the machines required most frequently. Computation, spelling, and penmanship were reported as weaknesses of beginning employees by a large majority of respondents. Failure to accept responsibility was an oft reported weakness of beginning employees. Qualified high school graduates desirous of working in the area of bookkeeping will find the best employment opportunities with manufacturing and financial firms. Beginning job titles in the order most frequently reported were: accounts receivable clerk, billing clerk, accounts payable clerk, and payroll clerk. Advertising in newspapers was the most widely used method to recruit new employees. Older employees were expected to train beginning employees by an overwhelming majority of respondents. Posting to the ledger, checking invoices, and journalizing business transactions were the bookkeeping skills required most often.


Includes bibliographical references.


v, 100 pages




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