Forensic Accountants and Auditors

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 approximately 1.1 million accountants and auditors, a category that includes forensic accountants and auditors, employed in the United States.

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