Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services

OJT for Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services: NAICS 5412

The Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services subsector is part of the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services sector.

This subsector comprises establishments primarily engaged in providing services, such as auditing of accounting records, designing accounting systems, preparing financial statements, developing budgets, preparing tax returns, processing payrolls, bookkeeping, and billing.

Subsector Context

The following chart breaks down the parent sector into its subsectors. It shows the percentage of people that these subsectors employ, relative to the entire sector, and the projected growth of these subsectors through 2026.

Largest Occupations

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in size, for this subsector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-sized occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Largest Occupations in Subsector, Projected for 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Accountants and auditors 394.9 37.1 11.8 Bachelor’s degree None
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 100.1 9.4 0.6 Some college, no degree Moderate-term on-the-job training
Tax preparers 79.0 7.4 11.8 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive 48.1 4.5 -5.0 High school diploma or equivalent Short-term on-the-job training
Billing and posting clerks 45.8 4.3 11.8 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Office clerks, general 44.8 4.2 0.6 High school diploma or equivalent Short-term on-the-job training
Financial managers 37.2 3.5 22.9 Bachelor’s degree None
Customer service representatives 22.2 2.1 0.6 High school diploma or equivalent Short-term on-the-job training
General and operations managers 19.6 1.8 11.8 Unknown Unknown
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers 18.4 1.7 0.1 High school diploma or equivalent None

Growth Occupations

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in growth, for this subsector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-growth occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Highest Growth Occupations in Subsector, Projected thru 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Operations research analysts 0.4 0.0 28.5 Bachelor’s degree None
Lawyers 1.1 0.1 26.3 Doctoral or professional degree None
Paralegals and legal assistants 0.2 0.0 25.2 Associate’s degree None
Financial managers 37.2 3.5 22.9 Bachelor’s degree None
Market research analysts and marketing specialists 5.7 0.5 22.9 Bachelor’s degree None
Software developers, applications 5.1 0.5 22.9 Bachelor’s degree None
Human resources specialists 8.0 0.8 17.4 Bachelor’s degree None
Compensation and benefits managers 0.4 0.0 17.4 Bachelor’s degree None
Audio and video equipment technicians 1.1 0.1 13.6 Postsecondary nondegree award Short-term on-the-job training
Accountants and auditors 394.9 37.1 11.8 Bachelor’s degree None

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