Accounting jobs are a popular choice for both men and women alike. There is a wide variety of accounting jobs available and depending on what type of accounting you are interested in, your career path may vary considerably. Some common types of accounting jobs are public accountant, financial analyst, budget analyst, internal/external accountant, bookkeeper, payroll expert, auditing manager, financial officer and tax attorney. As these jobs can vary, the educational and professional qualifications required to secure one of the many such jobs can also vary. So it’s important for people to be aware of what kind of accounting jobs are available in the market, the skills employers are looking for and the qualifications required to apply for any one of them.
What Type of Accountant Are You?
Typically accounting jobs are classified according to sector and location. Some accounting professionals work in the government, while others typically work for accounting firms. Public accountants work for government entities such as the government or local governments, while independent accountants work for accounting firms that are generally located on Wall Street. The median annual salary for entry level public accountants is around $30k, with analysts typically earning a little more than that at the top end of the profession. While analysts typically have higher salaries, both accountants work under a general manager who reports directly to the CEO and business owner.
Accountants working for accounting firms have a slightly different job description than an internal/external accountant. Internal accountants report directly to the company’s CEO and business owner where internal accounting jobs typically entail bookkeeping, payroll and benefits duties. Meanwhile, an external accountant reports directly to the company’s CPA or certified public accountant which typically requires an MBA. External accountants perform a variety of accounting functions including receiving and reviewing accounting-related fees and invoicing clients. Generally speaking, though, external accountants have greater job flexibility than internal accountants as their duties can expand to cover a wider range of accounting matters if the company determines it is necessary. In addition, an external accountant can often have greater access to top-level finance officials.