To excel at the job, accountants are expected to have good math skills, a strong attention to detail, strong organization and analytic skills and good computer skills. Accountants are expected to be comfortable with the use of bookkeeping applications and spreadsheets.
Accountants must be able to compare different figures and then make analytical decisions. It also helps if accountants have good communication skills. This comes in handy during meetings and relating with other members of a team. Most employers typically require that beginning accountants have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field to secure an entry-level position. Accountants who wish to become certified public accountants will need to pass an exam and meet the licensing requirements of the state.