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7 Booming Federal Career Fields

7 Booming Federal Career Fields

Currin Berdine | Editor

Accounting and Business

Government accountants and auditors work in the public sector, maintaining and examining the records of government agencies and auditing private businesses and individuals whose activities are subject to government regulations or taxation.

Accountants employed by Federal, State, and local governments ensure that revenues are received and expenditures are made in accordance with laws and regulations.

Those employed by the Federal Government may work as Internal Revenue Service agents or in financial management, financial institution examination, or budget analysis and administration.

Specific job duties vary widely among the four major fields of accounting and auditing: public, management, government accounting, and internal auditing.

Jobs: Accountant, Revenue Agent, Tax Examiner, Economist, Business Analyst

Median Annual Salary

Most accountants and business analysts enter the Federal service as GS-9 employees, and receive a salary of $47,200.

Federal employees who advanced to the GS-13 level earned salaries of between $75,414 – $94,268 (additional degree may be required).

Educational Requirements

Most accounting and auditing positions for the Federal Government require 4 years of college or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Some employers prefer applicants with a master’s degree in accounting, or with a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

Career Tips

• Opportunities will be best for jobseekers who have a master’s degree, obtain certification or licensure or who are proficient in the use of accounting and auditing computer software.

• Strong growth of accountants and auditor jobs over the 2006-16 decade is expected to result from stricter accounting and auditing regulations, along with an expanding economy.

• Increased focus on and numbers of financial crimes such as embezzlement, bribery, and securities fraud will increase the demand for forensic accountants to detect illegal financial activity by individuals, companies, and organized crime rings.

• Accounting is one of the fastest growing state and local government jobs.

Related Information

Government Finance Careers

Federal Economist Careers

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