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Job Description
Accountants and auditors help to ensure that the Nation’s firms are run efficiently, its public records kept accurately, and its taxes paid properly and on time. They perform these vital functions by offering an increasingly wide array of business and accounting services, including public, management, and government accounting, as well as internal auditing, to their clients. Beyond carrying out the fundamental tasks of the occupation—preparing, analyzing, and verifying financial documents in order to provide information to clients—many accountants now are required to possess a wide range of knowledge and skills. Accountants and auditors are broadening the services they offer to include budget analysis, financial and investment planning, information technology consulting, and limited legal services

Median Salary
$60,000 – $90,000

Education Requirements
In the area of finance, there are opportunities for everyone from high school graduates to PhDs. However, most jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Overall job opportunities should be favorable; jobseekers who obtain professional recognition through certification or licensure, a master’s degree, proficiency in accounting and auditing computer software, or specialized expertise will have the best opportunities.

Job Outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting and related field are the 11th highest ranking occupations in terms of job growth, with nearly 50,000 positions opening in the next eight years. This includes jobs within the federal, state and local government levels, which have a projected growth of 4.8% (or 10.8 million to 11.3 million jobs opened by 2016.)

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