Accountants and Auditors

Accountants compile, analyze, verify, and prepare financial records, including profit and loss statements, balance sheets, cost studies, and tax reports. Accountants may specialize in areas such as auditing, tax work, assurance, consulting, cost accounting, budgeting and control, or information technology systems and procedures. Accountants also may specialize in a particular business or field; for example, agricultural accountants specialize in drawing up and analyzing financial statements for farmers and for farm equipment companies. Auditors examine and verify financial records to ensure that they are accurate, complete, and in compliance with federal laws. There are more than 1.1 million accountants and auditors employed in the United States.

Next Section: History

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Government Accountants, Internal Auditors, Management Accountants, Public Accountants
Duties Compile, analyze, verify, and prepare financial records (including tax returns); provide assurance that financial information is correct; provide tax-, financial-, and business-related advice to individuals, companies, and other organizations (accountants); examine and verify financial records to ensure that they are accurate, complete, and in compliance with federal laws (auditors)
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship; 1 to 10 years' accounting experience for specialized positions
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Financial
  • Leadership
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Partner, or Business Owner, or Financial Officer
  • Supervisory Accountant or Auditor
  • Junior Accountant or Auditor

Featured Companies

Become a Vault Basic Member

Complete your Vault Profile and get seen by top employers



Health Service Administrator

  • $0
  • 25
  • 50
  • 75
  • 100
  • 100+
Yearly Salary Range (US$ Thousands)