Accountants
SOC: 13-2011.01

Description:

Analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
1,332,700 employed

Projected (2024):
1,475,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Accountant
  • Accountant Manager
  • Accounting Analyst
  • Accounting Bookkeeper
  • Accounting Consultant
  • Accounting Manager
  • Accounting Methods Analyst
  • Accounting Officer
  • Accounting Supervisor
  • Accounting Systems Analyst
  • Accounting Technician
  • Asset Analyst
  • Bank Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Budget Accountant
  • Bursar
  • Business Analyst
  • Cash Accountant
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Chief Accountant
  • Controller
  • Corporate Accountant
  • Cost Accountant
  • Cost Accounting Manager
  • Cost Controller
  • Finance Director
  • Financial Accountant
  • Financial Adviser
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Reporting Accountant
  • Financial Systems Analyst
  • Fiscal Accountant
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Fund Accountant
  • General Accountant
  • General Ledger Accountant
  • Industrial Accountant
  • Inventory Accountant
  • Key Account Manager
  • Medical Accountant
  • Mutual Fund Accountant
  • Non Profit Financial Controller
  • Nonprofit Financial Controller
  • Payroll Accountant
  • Payroll Analyst
  • Plant Controller
  • Procurement Accountant
  • Project Accountant
  • Property Accountant
  • Public Accountant
  • Railroad Accountant
  • Reporting Analyst
  • Revenue Accountant
  • Revenue Manager
  • Staff Accountant
  • Systems Accountant
  • Tax Accountant
  • Tax Analyst
  • Tax Associate
  • Tax Expert
  • Tax Manager
  • Tax Preparer
  • Tax Representative
  • Traveling Accountant
  • Traveling Repair Accountant


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Prepare, examine, or analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
  • Compute taxes owed and prepare tax returns, ensuring compliance with payment, reporting, or other tax requirements.
  • Analyze business operations, trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations to project future revenues and expenses or to provide advice.
  • Report to management regarding the finances of establishment.
  • Establish tables of accounts and assign entries to proper accounts.
  • Develop, maintain, and analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs.
  • Develop, implement, modify, and document recordkeeping and accounting systems, making use of current computer technology.
  • Prepare forms and manuals for accounting and bookkeeping personnel and direct their work activities.
  • Survey operations to ascertain accounting needs and to recommend, develop, or maintain solutions to business and financial problems.
  • Advise management about issues such as resource utilization, tax strategies, and the assumptions underlying budget forecasts.
  • Provide internal and external auditing services for businesses or individuals.
  • Advise clients in areas such as compensation, employee health care benefits, the design of accounting or data processing systems, or long-range tax or estate plans.
  • Represent clients before taxing authorities and provide support during litigation involving financial issues.
  • Appraise, evaluate, and inventory real property and equipment, recording information such as the description, value, and location of property.
  • Maintain or examine the records of government agencies.
  • Serve as bankruptcy trustees or business valuators.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 10-key calculators
  • Desktop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Scanners
  • Tablet computers
  • 1099 ProsSoftware
  • Abacus Tax Software
  • Accountants Templates JAZZ-It!
  • Accounting compliance software
  • Accounting fraud detection software
  • Accounts payable software
  • Accounts receivable software
  • ACCUCert software
  • Accurate NXG
  • Accutrac software
  • AcornSystems Corporate Performance Management
  • AcorynSystems Activity Based Costing/Management ABC/M
  • AdaptaSoft CyberPay
  • ADP Super Report Writer
  • Advanced Micro Systems 1099-Etc
  • AIM Asset Management Software
  • American Riviera Magtax
  • Asset management software
  • ATX Total Accounting Office
  • ATX Total Engagement Office
  • ATX Total Tax Office
  • AuditWare software
  • Automation Counselors municiPAL
  • Avalara AvaTax ST
  • Best MIP Fund Accounting
  • Best Software CPAPayroll
  • Billing software
  • Blackbaud The Raiser's Edge
  • BNA Estate and Gift Tax Suite
  • BNA Income Tax Planning Solutions
  • BNA Sales and Use Tax Rates and Forms
  • Brentmark Estate Planning Quickview
  • Cammack Computations Inter-Est
  • Cartesis ES Magnitude
  • Cartesis Magnitude iAnalysis
  • CCH ProSystem fx TAX
  • CCIS AccountAbility
  • Cost accounting software
  • CPSI EHR System
  • Creative Solutions UltraTax 1040
  • CYMA IV Accounting for Windows
  • Data entry software
  • Delphi software
  • Document management system software
  • Estate planning software
  • Evron Computer Systems SAGE PFW (Platinum For Windows)
  • Exact Software Macola ES
  • eXtensible Business Reporting Language XBRL
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • Financial reporting software
  • Financial statement software
  • Fixed-assets depreciation software
  • FLS eDP PAYROLLtax
  • FRx Software Microsoft FRx
  • Fund accounting software
  • General ledger software
  • H&R Block TaxCut Software
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS software
  • Heron CrossTie General Ledger
  • Human resource management software HRMS
  • IBM Cognos Impromptu
  • IBM Notes
  • IBM Power Systems software
  • IDMS Account Ability
  • Income tax return preparation software
  • Intrax ProcedureNet
  • Intuit Lacerte
  • Intuit ProSeries
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • Intuit QuickBooks Premier
  • Intuit TurboTax
  • Invoice software
  • KPB Associates TaxStream
  • Lead Activity Analyzer
  • Lead Business Analyzer
  • LexisNexis software
  • Medical condition coding software
  • Medical procedure coding software
  • MEDITECH software
  • MethodWare ProAudit Advisor
  • Micronetics Xpert Write-up
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV
  • Microsoft Dynamics SL
  • Microsoft Dynamics software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft FRx
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Multiview Accounts Receivable
  • NetSuite NetERP
  • New Millennium Communications Genesis Accounting
  • NewPortWave Year End Solutions
  • OmniRIM software
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Financials
  • Oracle Hyperion software
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • Oracle PeopleSoft Financials
  • Oracle PeopleSoft software
  • Orrtax Software IntelliTax Business for Windows
  • Orrtax Software IntelliTax Classic
  • OSI TrustWise
  • Paisley AutoAudit
  • Paisley Cardmap
  • Paisley Focus Control Assurance
  • Paisley IssueTrack
  • Paisley RiskNavigator
  • Payables Tests Sets for ACL software
  • Payroll software
  • Pentana audit work system PAWS
  • Practice management software PMS
  • Pro Systems Client Write-Up System for Windows
  • Profit Developers Electronic File Interchange
  • PROPHIX Enterprise
  • Qlik Tech QlikView
  • Roundtable Software Advantage Accounting System
  • RSM McGladrey Advanced Practice Solutions Paperless Audit
  • RSM McGladrey Auditor Assistant
  • Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate
  • Sage 50 Accounting
  • Sage Abra HRMS
  • Sage BusinessWorks
  • Sage CPAAccounts Payable
  • Sage CPAAccounts Receivable
  • Sage CPAClient Checkbook
  • Sage CPADocument Manager
  • Sage ERP Accpac
  • Sage MAS 200
  • Sage MAS 500
  • Sage Platinum for Windows PFW
  • SAP Business Objects software
  • SAP BusinessObjects Data Integrator
  • SAP Crystal Reports
  • SAP software
  • Softrax Revenue Management
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Summit Software Summit Biofuels Accounting
  • Sync Essentials Trade Accountant
  • Tax compliance property tax management software
  • Tax software
  • Thomson GoSystem Tax
  • Tumbleweed SecureTransport
  • UA Business Software Professional Edition
  • Universal Tax Systems TaxWise
  • Yardi Systems Yardi Enterprise


  • business and financial operations


    industry stats

    SOC: 13-0000

    Total Employed: 7,032,560

    Average Annual Salary: $73,800