Accountants and Auditors


Also called : Accountant, Accounting Officer, Audit Partner, Auditor, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Cost Accountant, Financial Auditor, General Accountant, Internal Auditor, Revenue Tax Specialist

What they do


Examine, analyze, and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements, give advice, or audit and evaluate statements prepared by others. Install or advise on systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data.

On the job, one would


    KNOWLEDGE


    • Economics and Accounting
      Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

    • English Language
      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Mathematics
      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Administration and Management
      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    SKILLS


    • Active Listening
      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension
      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Critical Thinking
      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Speaking
      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Writing
      Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

    ABILITIES


    • Deductive Reasoning
      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Mathematical Reasoning
      The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

    • Number Facility
      The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

    • Oral Expression
      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Comprehension
      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    PERSONALITY

    People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

    • Attention to Detail
      Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

    • Integrity
      Job requires being honest and ethical.

    • Dependability
      Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

    • Analytical Thinking
      Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

    • Cooperation
      Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

    • Stress Tolerance
      Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

    • Initiative
      Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

    • Persistence
      Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

    • Self-Control
      Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

    • Achievement/Effort
      Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

    TECHNOLOGY

    • Data base management system software

    • Data base reporting software

    • Data base user interface and query software

    • Data mining software

    • Desktop communications software

    • Desktop publishing software

    • Development environment software

    • Document management software

    • Electronic mail software

    • Enterprise application integration software

    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Preparation

      Considerable Preparation Needed

    • Education

      Four-year bachelor degree

    • Experience

      A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupation

    • Jobtraining

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

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