|What does an accountant do?
and auditors keep track of a company's money. The company's managers
and people outside the company read their reports. Managers look
at the accountants' reports to see how well their companies are
doing. Governments use the reports to tell how much tax a company
should pay. Some people read them to decide if they want to do
business with the company. Others use them to decide if they want
to lend money to the company or not.
four kinds of accountants.
accountants work for public accounting companies. Some
have their own businesses. They do many different kinds of accounting
for people outside the company.
accountants keep track of the money spent and made by the
companies for which they work.
auditors make sure that a company's accounting records
are right. They check the records to see that no one in the
company is stealing. They also check to see that no one in the
company is wasting the company's money.
accountants and auditors' make sure that government accounting
records are right. They also check the records of people doing
business with the government.
and auditors work in offices. They generally work a standard 40-hour
week, but some work 50 hours a week or more. Tax accountants often
work long hours during the tax season, from January to April.
|How do you get ready to be an accountant?
have a college degree in accounting. Public accountants have to
take a special test as well. Public accountants also must have
a special license from the State in which they live. Some employers
want accountants who have a master's degree in business or accounting.
Most employers want accountants who know quite a bit about computers.
want to be accountants should be good at math. They also should
be able to write well, so that they can tell others about their
|How much does an accountant make?
half of all accountants earned between $37,210 and $61,630 a year
in 2002. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than $30,320.
The highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $82,730 a year. Earnings
of accountants depend on how long they have been working.
1.1 million accountants and auditors in 2002. Most of them worked
in cities, because that is where the large companies tend to be.
of accountants and auditors is expected to grow about as fast
as the average for all occupations through the year 2012.
have good job opportunities. Accountants who have a lot of special
skills, such as certified public accountants (CPAs) and certified
management accountants, should have the easiest time finding a
|Are there other jobs like this?
adjusters, appraisers, examiners and investigators
- Cost estimators
- Loan officers
managers, buyers, and purchasing agents
commodities, and financial services sales agents
- Tax examiners,
collectors, and revenue agents
Outlook Handbook -- U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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