Forensic Accountants and Auditors

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Forensic accountants and auditors, sometimes known as investigative accountants, investigative auditors, and certified fraud examiners, use accounting principles and theories to support or oppose claims being made in litigation. Like other accountants and auditors, forensic accountants are trained to analyze and verify financial records. However, forensic accountants use these skills to identify and document financial wrongdoing. They prepare reports that may be used in criminal and civil trials. The word "forensic" means "suitable for a court of law, public debate, or formal argumentation." There are more than 1.2 million accountants and auditors (including those who specialize in forensic accounting and auditing) employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Certified Fraud Examiners, Investigative Accountants, Investigative Auditors
Duties Use accounting principles and theories to support or oppose claims being made in litigation
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience Several years' experience in general accounting/auditing
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Financial
  • Information Management
  • Math
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Partner or Self Employed
  • Forensic Accountant/Auditor
  • General Accountant/Auditor