Accountants can find employment as public accountants, management accountants, government accountants, internal auditors and information technology auditors, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accountants and auditors examine and prepare financial records, ensure their accuracy and assess the financial health of the company to make sure it runs efficiently.
Accountants and auditors also make sure that taxes are correctly computed, tax returns are properly filled out and the correct taxes are paid on time in conformance with laws. In 2012, 20 percent of people in this profession worked more than 40 hours weekly, with longer hours common at the end of the fiscal year or during tax deadlines. To work as an accountant or auditor, most employers require a bachelor’s in accounting or a similar field. Many accountants hold certification as a Certified Public Accountant to advance their career prospects, cites the BLS.
In May 2012, accountants and auditors earned an average salary of $63,550. Job prospects are expected to grow by 13 percent for the period of 2012 to 2022, reports the BLS. Employment in these occupations closely parallels the health of the U.S. economy. As businesses grow, more accountants and auditors find employment preparing and examining financial records.