Accountant

Nick Gulo Period 7/8

Career Details

Duties:


  • Examine and analyze financial records
  • Maintain and analyze budget costs
  • Develop, modify, and document record keeping and accounting systems.


Average Hours/Working Schedule: 1 in 5 accountants works more than 40 hours a week. Accountants may have to work more hours during certain times of the year, such as at the end of the budget year or during tax season.


Salary/Wage Potential:


  • Median Annual Wage in Illinois- $64,200
  • The lowest 10% earned $40,000
  • The highest 10% earned $112,000



Working Locations: In the city or the suburbs


Skills Required

  • Active Listening
  • Mathematics
  • Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Time Management

Education Needed

Most accountant positions require atleast a bachelor's degree in accounting. Some employers prefer to hire applicants with a master's degree. The school that I have in consideration is DePaul University.

Job Outlook/Growth

Employment of accountants is expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020. To become an accountant you usually need several years of work-related experience or on the job training.

Advancement Opportunities & Related Jobs

Advancement Opportunities: After you become an accountant you can work your way up and become a senior accountant, budget director, or a manager.



Related Jobs:


  • Budget analysts
  • Cost Estimators
  • Financial Analysts
  • Tax Examiners
  • Auditors