Career Details

Accountants and Auditors

Career Overview

An accountant performs a variety of duties for clients including journal entries, account reconciliations, preparing financial statements, and any other financial-related work that needs to be done for an organization. Auditors generally check the work of accountants. Be sure to use the search box to find the videos of Kim and John, two accountants who work in very different settings.

Education

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:
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
  • Communication
  • Accounting
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

An accountant can potentially work for any organization. Overtime hours are typical at certain times of the year, such as at the end of the budget year or during tax season.

References

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

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