What do they do?


Analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization. 

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Some typical job duties include:

  • Prepare, examine, or analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
  • Establish tables of accounts and assign entries to proper accounts.
  • Compute taxes owed and prepare tax returns, ensuring compliance with payment, reporting or other tax requirements.
  • Provide internal and external auditing services for businesses or individuals. •Analyze business operations, trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations, to project future revenues and expenses 

Most Important Occupational Skills:

Basic Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Mathematics
  • Writing

Technical Skills

  • Operations Analysis 
  • Operation Monitoring

Social Skills

  • Coordination
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Negotiation

 Systems Skills

  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation

Problem Solving Skills

  • Complex Problem Solving 

Resource Management Skills

  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Management of Financial Resources

Just the Facts

  • Salary range: $40,000-$100,000+
  • Education and Professional Requirements: Entry — Bachelor's degree; Managerial — Post-graduate degree  professional certification, multiple years related work; CFO — Post-graduate degree, professional certification, many years related work experience
  • Possible career path: Staff Accountant > Senior Accountant > Accounting Manager > Financial Controller > Chief Financial Officer

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