There are many accounting jobs to choose from when you consider that every business or organization, small or large, will need someone to look after the financial aspects of their enterprise.
Public Accounting. This type of accounting firm caters to individuals and businesses and offers a variety of accounting services including personal financial planning, financial and tax, international accounting and risk management consulting. You need to have a CPA designation in order to work for a public accounting firm.
Corporate Accounting. A variety of businesses in different sectors require expertise in corporate accounting including retail, manufacturing, technical, financial and insurance companies, and healthcare. You can expect to utilize your academic training in financial management, internal auditing, and cost accounting. You don’t need a CPA designation to secure an entry level position although a CPA is needed for higher level positions for these types of jobs in accounting.
Government. The federal government and departments hire employees to perform audits, financial reporting, research and budget analysis. Some of the hiring departments include the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Treasury, General Accountability Office, and Office of Management and Budget. The best way to secure employment with them is to apply for an internship and familiarize yourself with the government application process before you apply.
Social Service and Non-Profit Organizations. These types of agencies comprising of schools, post-secondary institutions, hospitals, and labor unions hire accounting professionals to perform internal audits, financial planning, budgeting and recordkeeping. The educational requirements may vary so you will need to conduct some research to match your academic level to specific job opportunities.
Entry Level Jobs. If you are looking to gain some practical experience, consider an entry level position as an Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk. In this job, you will be part of the accounting department team that manages incoming payments from customers and outgoing payments to suppliers. Your duties may overflow into other areas including payroll administration, budgeting, and financial statement preparation.
Securing Your First Job. The best way to get your foot in the door is through an internship. Some companies offer unpaid internships while others will give you a small ‘stipend’ as they like to call it. This is a small salary and can be much less than a regular salary. You can also gain some valuable hands on experience by volunteering your accounting skills to a local community group. The time commitment is minimal and you will be donating your time to a great cause.
There are many areas of accounting that you can explore. Once you have some experience under your belt, you can gain some valuable insight into which accounting jobs you might want to specialize in and target your job search accordingly.
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