Career Details

Controller/Comptroller

Career Overview

A controller (or comptroller) oversees all financial aspects of an organization.

Education

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

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
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
  • Accounting
Future Outlook

The job outlook for accountants (in general) looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

A controller can oversee the finances of any type of organization. Michelle, the controller featured in the video, works for a large resort condominium.

Schools
References

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

Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada