Finance > Accounting

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Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.

Common job titles of Accountants include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 42.15% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 39.48% said they needed a Some College Courses.


    Analyze business operations, trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations to project future revenues and expenses or to provide advice.

    Prepare adjusting journal entries.

    Review accounts for discrepancies and reconcile differences.

    Advise management about issues such as resource utilization, tax strategies, and the assumptions underlying budget forecasts.

    Develop, maintain, and analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs.

    Report to management regarding the finances of establishment.

    Prepare, examine, or analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.

    Maintain or examine the records of government agencies.

    Appraise, evaluate, and inventory real property and equipment, recording information such as the description, value, and location of property.

    Advise clients in areas such as compensation, employee health care benefits, the design of accounting or data processing systems, or long-range tax or estate plans.

    Provide internal and external auditing services for businesses or individuals.

    Develop, implement, modify, and document recordkeeping and accounting systems, making use of current computer technology.

    Establish tables of accounts and assign entries to proper accounts.

    Compute taxes owed and prepare tax returns, ensuring compliance with payment, reporting, or other tax requirements.

    Represent clients before taxing authorities and provide support during litigation involving financial issues.

    Survey operations to ascertain accounting needs and to recommend, develop, or maintain solutions to business and financial problems.

    Prepare forms and manuals for accounting and bookkeeping personnel and direct their work activities.


Tablet computers


Photocopying equipment

Personal computers

Notebook computers

Laser facsimile machines

Desktop computers

All Tools

10-key calculators


Accountants Templates JAZZ-It!

AcornSystems Corporate Performance Management

ADP Workforce Now

Cartesis ES Magnitude

Exact Software Macola ES

MEDITECH software

Microsoft Dynamics GP

All Technologies

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Oracle Fusion Applications

Oracle PeopleSoft Financials

Qlik Tech QlikView

Sage ERP Accpac

Sage MAS 200

Sage Platinum for Windows PFW

SAP Business Objects

SAP BusinessObjects Data Integrator


1099 ProsSoftware

Abacus Tax

Accounting compliance software

Accounting fraud detection software

Accounts payable software

Accounts receivable software


Accurate NXG

AcorynSystems Activity Based Costing/Management ABC/M

AdaptaSoft CyberPay

ADP Super Report Writer

Advanced Micro Systems 1099-Etc

American Riviera Magtax

Asset management software

ATX Total Accounting Office

ATX Total Engagement Office

ATX Total Tax Office


Automation Counselors municiPAL

Avalara AvaTax ST

Best MIP Fund Accounting

Best Software CPAPayroll

Billing software

BNA Estate and Gift Tax Suite

BNA Income Tax Planning Solutions

BNA Sales and Use Tax Rates and Forms

Brentmark Estate Planning Quickview

Cammack Computations Inter-Est

Cartesis Magnitude iAnalysis

CCH ProSystem fx TAX

CCIS AccountAbility

Cost accounting software


Creative Solutions UltraTax 1040

CYMA IV Accounting for Windows

Delphi Technology

Document management system software

Estate planning software

Evron Computer Systems SAGE PFW (Platinum For Windows)

eXtensible Business Reporting Language XBRL

Financial reporting software

Financial statement software

Fixed-assets depreciation software


FRx Software Microsoft FRx

General ledger software

H&R Block Tax

Heron CrossTie General Ledger

IBM Power Systems software

IDMS Account Ability

Income tax return preparation software

Intrax ProcedureNet

Intuit Lacerte

Intuit ProSeries

Intuit QuickBooks Premier

Intuit TurboTax

Invoice software

Iron Mountain Accutrac Records Management Software

KPB Associates TaxStream

Lead Activity Analyzer

Lead Business Analyzer


Medical procedure coding software

MethodWare ProAudit Advisor

Micronetics Xpert Write-up

Microsoft FRx

Multiview Accounts Receivable

New Millennium Communications Genesis Accounting

NewPortWave Year End Solutions

OmniRIM Records Management Suite

Orrtax Software IntelliTax Business for Windows

Orrtax Software IntelliTax Classic

OSI TrustWise

Paisley AutoAudit

Paisley Cardmap

Paisley Focus Control Assurance

Paisley IssueTrack

Paisley RiskNavigator

Payroll software

Pentana audit work system PAWS

Pro Systems Client Write-Up System for Windows

Profit Developers Electronic File Interchange

PROPHIX Enterprise

Roundtable Software Advantage Accounting System

RSM McGladrey Advanced Practice Solutions Paperless Audit

RSM McGladrey Auditor Assistant

Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate

Sage Abra HRMS

Sage BusinessWorks

Sage CPAAccounts Payable

Sage CPAAccounts Receivable

Sage CPAClient Checkbook

Sage CPADocument Manager

Sage MAS 500

Softrax Revenue Management

Summit Software Summit Biofuels Accounting

Sync Essentials Trade Accountant

Tax compliance property tax management software

Thomson GoSystem Tax

Tumbleweed SecureTransport

UA Business Software Professional Edition

Universal Tax Systems TaxWise

Yardi Systems Yardi Enterprise


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.

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.


Using mathematics to solve problems.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


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

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.


Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Mathematical Reasoning

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Number Facility

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

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Occupation Sections


Economics and Accounting

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


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


Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

English Language

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

Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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.

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