Private Equity Accountants and Auditors

Accountants compile, analyze, verify, and prepare financial records. Auditors ensure that financial records are accurate, complete, and in compliance with federal, state, and local laws. Accountants and auditors in the private equity (PE) sector are employed directly by PE firms, accounting firms that provide contracted services to PE firms, and the portfolio companies of PE firms. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Corporate Accountants, Independent Auditors, Internal Auditors, Management Accountants
Duties Compile, analyze, verify, and prepare financial records (accountants); ensure that financial records are accurate, complete, and in compliance with federal, state, and local laws (auditors)
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and in other cities with large financial sectors
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Completion of an internship or co-op and at least one year of experience at an alternative investment firm or an investment bank
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
Skills
  • Computer
  • Financial
  • Information Management
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Junior Partner/General Partner
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Controller or Funds Administrator
  • Chief Accountant/Auditor
  • Accountant/Auditor

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