What Do Accountants Do
What Qualifications Do I Need?
There are several paths that lead to a successful career in accounting. All of them involve a form of higher education. Courses vary from TAFE certificates and diplomas to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
TAFE courses provide training in many areas. These include bookkeeping and accounting, advanced diplomas in taxation law, postgraduate degrees, and training in accounting software packages. Courses are offered through a variety of mediums and institutions.
If you wish to improve your career prospects and earn a high salary, you will need at least an undergraduate degree in accounting. Going on to earn a postgraduate qualification will improve your career prospects even further. These can be earned while working in the industry.
You may also wish to join a professional organisation such as CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand, as membership can boost your career opportunities.
“Businesses rely on Accountants, who perform a wide range of tasks. Accounting often involves presenting financial statements to companies and their stakeholders.”
Where will my career take me?
A qualification in accounting can take you anywhere. There is a wide range of roles available, depending upon your qualifications and experience. Some examples include:
- Payroll Officer
- Financial Accountant
- Risk Analyst
- Tax Specialist
- Associate at a major accounting firm
- Financial Planner
- Chief Financial Officer
- Forensic Accountant (track missing funds, illegal business activity and identify fraud)
- Strategic Procurement Manager (work on organisational deals)
- International Accounting Specialist (help manage global trade agreements and overseas investments).
As you can see, a career in the accounting world can be varied and exciting. If you are ready for a career where you will be in demand, take a closer look at this booming industry.