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Accountants work in a variety of industries, including governments and corporations. Some specializations in the field include public accountants, management accountants, government accountants, and auditors. Accountants are responsible for making sure that financial documents, including taxes, are accurate and clear. Accountants may also work as advisors to help individuals or groups make good financial decisions. In addition to their mathematical work, accountants need to be able to explain their conclusions to a variety of audiences, which frequently involves writing reports or presenting their findings verbally.
Depending on what an accountant specializes in, they may:
Generally speaking, the job market is similar to the overall job market, so if things are going well economically, the availability of accounting jobs will grow with the general economy.
There are several careers that are related to the accounting field. These jobs include bookkeeping, budget analysts, financial analysts and managers, personal tax advisors, and tax examiners. Additionally, there is a need for teachers in accounting and related fields at the high school level.
Most accountants work full time, around 40 hours a week. Those hours are typically longer during tax season (February to April).