MyStemKits Career of the week: Accountant
Although our perception of what an accountant does is simple, their job is far from simple.
Considered the “number” people of any organization, accountants are the individuals responsible for ensuring that companies are financially responsible. An accountant’s responsibility requires them to excel at organization and be very detail-oriented. Integrity is also a very important possession an accountant should have. Accountants are consistently active with clients therefore they must be effective communicators and must possess extensive problem-solving skills.
Accountants are charged with the task of providing accurate and practical financial information that helps investors, managers, and many others make financial decisions with the least amount of risk. Accountants, normally known for tracking debits and credits, also prepare taxes, perform audits, and act as consultants for individuals as well as corporations.
As stated previously accountants must possess many skills. Below is a list containing a few other skills needed to be successful as an accountant.
- Attentive to details: every cent an accountant is in charge of managing must be documented and properly tracked, especially as they relate to tax reporting.
- Knowledge of computers: Being that majority of an accountant’s work is done on a computer, one should be familiar with inputting spreadsheets, tax documents and reports.
- Math Skills: Math is the core foundation of an accountant’s job, so one must be very knowledgeable of basic math operations.
- Analytical Skills: An accountant must be able to look at complex documents and identify disparities within the numbers, identify cost-saving areas and provide new solutions to any problems they observe.
- Communication Skills: Accountants must be as good a listener than they are talker. They must be able to completely understand their client’s problems and communicate productive solutions for their needs.
- Organizational Skills: Accountants must be very organized in their keeping of financial documents. They must ensure that they are stored and readily available when needed.
The position of accountant is a viable and very important position in regards to the financial discipline and stability of individuals and organizations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that an estimate of 142,400-new accounting and auditing jobs will open up by 2024. That is an 11 percent job growth rate increase.
In a world constantly progressing in the area of financial wealth for individuals as well as corporations, accountants will continue to be our bridge over the troublesome waters of financial responsibility.
Accountant is ranked #14 on the US News list of Top 25 STEM Careers.