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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  • 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.

Basic Skills
Active Listening
Mathematics
Writing

Technical Skills
Operations Analysis
Operation Monitoring

Social Skills
Social Perceptiveness
Coordination
Negotiation

Systems Skills
Judgment and Decision Making
Systems Analysis
System Evaluation

Problem Solving Skills
Complex Problem Solving

Resource Management Skills
Time Management
Management of Personnel Resources
Management of Financial Resources

  • 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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