Accountants and Auditors


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+4.3% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Accountants and Auditors 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.

Other Job Titles Accountants and Auditors May Have

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

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Assistant Financial Reporting Manager ,

LLOG Exploration

Attending operational meetings and understanding the financial impact of decisions made in such meetings, adjusting budget and long-term planning. Creating financing presentations for solicitations of outside investment. Analyzing raw data and transforming it into meaningful analyses with recommendations for management. Converting tax basis accounting records to GAAP, and drafting quarterly and annual financial statements. Manage accounting and treasury for multiple compensation programs.

Internal Audit Manager ,

Live Nation

I’m assigned specific projects and lead a team to audit those projects. I set up meetings with the companies I’m working with to understand their processes and perform tests on those processes. When I’m done testing, I’ll issue a report to the company and then discuss improvements with them. Sometimes, that means traveling to festivals and shows to make sure they’re compliant.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Prepare detailed reports on audit findings.
  • Report to management about asset utilization and audit results, and recommend changes in operations and financial activities.
  • Collect and analyze data to detect deficient controls, duplicated effort, extravagance, fraud, or non-compliance with laws, regulations, and management policies.
  • Inspect account books and accounting systems for efficiency, effectiveness, and use of accepted accounting procedures to record transactions.
  • Supervise auditing of establishments, and determine scope of investigation required.

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