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Accountants & Auditors

Also called: Accountant, Auditor, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Financial Auditor

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What they do:
Examine, analyze, and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements, give advice, or audit and evaluate statements prepared by others. Install or advise on systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare detailed reports on audit findings.
  • Report to management about asset utilization and audit results, and recommend changes in operations and financial activities.
  • Collect and analyze data to detect deficient controls, duplicated effort, extravagance, fraud, or non-compliance with laws, regulations, and management policies.

Knowledge

Business
  • accounting and economics
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Safety and Government
  • law and government

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • notice when problems happen

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Financial analysis software
  • Delphi Technology
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Financials
Accounting software
  • Intuit QuickBooks Hot Technology
  • Sage 50 Accounting
Tax preparation software
  • ATX Total Tax Office
  • CCH ProSystem fx TAX

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$71,550
$44,480
$124,450
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