Audit and Assurance Accountants

Assurance Accountant Reviews Financial Records

Audit and assurance accountants are hired by companies to review their financial systems to assure their records are accurate and honest, and to assess and identify where financial risks may exist. Some companies hire these accountants for independent reviews while others may be legally obligated to have audit and assurance accounting work conducted. Audit and assurance accountants work for a wide variety of employers, from international consumer corporations and global public-sector organizations to local accounting firms. There were more than 1.2 million accountants and auditors employed in the United States in May 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Review and investigate financial books, records, transactions, and other documents to verify accuracy and compliance
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are best in major metropolitan areas such as Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship; two or more years of prior accounting experience
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Skills
  • Financial
  • Math
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Senior Audit and Assurance Accountant
  • Audit and Assurance Accountant
  • Junior Audit and Assurance Accountant

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