Career Details

Public Accountant - John

Career Overview

A public accountant performs a variety of duties for clients including tax preparation, tax research, preparing financial statements, business consulting, and payroll services.


A four-year bachelor’s degree in accounting is necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's) in a related field, which may take an additional two-three years to earn, may lead to more opportunities.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$36,000 /yr
$65,000 /yr
$120,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • Business
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Work Environment

Public accountants generally work in accounting, tax preparation, and payroll service organizations.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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