What does an accountant do?
The world of professional accounting is bigger than you might think – there is no one answer to the question “What does a CPA do?”. Accounting positions are in every part of business and take on a wide range of roles, from payroll officer to CEO to chair of the board. Many accountants are business leaders. They can also work in a variety of organisations, including small businesses, corporates, multi-national investment firms, government or private practice.
To excel in professional accounting you’ll need decision-making, strategic planning and leadership skills, and in-depth technical accounting knowledge with a clear understanding of the inner workings of an organisation. As a CPA, you’ll be equipped with the ability to analyse and interpret financial and non-financial information, so you can advise a company on where it stands and where it’s headed. You will be recognised as a trusted adviser.
Here are a few examples of the positions open to accountants:
Chief financial officers (CFO) are responsible for keeping an organisation financially healthy. This means analysing data, presenting reports and creating strategies for success. CFOs must also establish the best way to drive a business to where it needs to go. If you enjoy being in control, this could be the role for you.
These are the detectives of the finance world. They track and analyse data to find missing funds, trace illegal business activities and identify fraud, such as ecommerce scams or terrorism. It’s a challenging and exciting field that could take you anywhere.
Takes a “green” approach to making money and finds ways to ensure a company is environmentally responsible and profitable. You will be able to enjoy great professional rewards and know you’re helping the planet too.
International accounting specialist
An international accounting specialist is part of a network of professionals helping manage cross-border transactions, global trade agreements and overseas investments. It’s fast-paced and ever-changing. So get ready to pack your bags!
Accounting risk analyst
Every business faces unique opportunities, market dangers and competition. Risk analysts identify any strategic and operational risks, plus, provide the necessary solutions to help an organisation cope. You’ll need exceptional analytical skills and the ability to perform under pressure.
Accountant to the stars
The people who count the ballots for the Oscars are accountants. You could end up walking the red carpet in Hollywood and being part of one of the world’s largest and most powerful industries.
Big 4 associate
Big 4 associates are accounting all-rounders who manage a range of accounts. Graduates who work for the Big 4 accounting firms are mentored by some of the most experienced accountants in the industry, and look after a variety of organisations. Scoring this role will make you the envy of fellow graduates.
Strategic procurement manager
The masterminds behind organisational deals. They perform market research to identify supplier best practice and capabilities, develop evaluation plans and look after complex contracts. If you have a strategic mind and the ability to negotiate in tricky situations, this could be the perfect role for you