An accountant's work environment is often fast-paced, exists in either a home or office, and might involve traveling to clients to conduct business. Accounts can either work by themselves or on teams with other accountants and auditors.
Industries in which accountants are commonly employed include payroll services, finance, manufacturing, insurance, tax preparation and management. As of 2015, most accountants are employed full-time, some working an excess of 40 hours a week. During tax season is when most accountants are at their busiest.
Accountants are expected to experience a 13 percent job growth between 2012 and 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This outlook is connected to the overall state of the U.S. economy; the better the economy, the more likely an accountant's services are needed. The outlook is also contributed to the history of financial emergencies and corporate misdeeds. Such events have led to harsher regulations and laws for companies to adhere to, regulations and laws that accountants can help companies comply with.
Accountants who have attained the Certified Public Accountant designation are likely to have more job opportunities compared to those who haven't. An accountant can also improve his employment opportunities by earning a master's degree in accounting.