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Career Details

An accountant is someone who keeps and inspects an individual's or a business' financial records to make sure they are correct. They will also prepare future financial advice and tax reports. The average hours of an account is not specific, but they will work up to over 40 hours a week, more during tax season. In Chicago, IL, the 50% tile or middle of all accountants, will make about $62,000 a year. They can work in public accounting firms, for the government, a business corporation, or just by themselves and make their own accounting business.
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Education Needed

To be a successful accountant, you will need at least a bachelor's degree in accounting, business, or something similar. Many accountants consider getting their certification in a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), if they would like to keep advancing in their careers.

Skills Required

A good accountant will need to be familiar and skilled with:

  • Communication
  • Math
  • Computer
  • Numbers

Everyday of their life will involve numbers, and sometimes making an income or a balance sheet. They will have to talk to business heads and people to become their accountant. They must be quick and very good in math, to get their job done fast and efficient.

Job Outlook/Growth

As statistics show for job growths in the U.S, accounting has approximately 15.7% increase of growth between 2010-2020, which is much higher than many other jobs.
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Advancement Opportunities & Related Jobs

To advance in accounting, most people will get their Certified Public Accounting (CPA) certificate, to expand their capabilities.

Many related jobs include:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Budget Supervisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Bankers