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Working As An Account Officer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $71,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Account Officer Do

Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.

Duties

Financial managers typically do the following:

  • Prepare financial statements, business activity reports, and forecasts
  • Monitor financial details to ensure that legal requirements are met
  • Supervise employees who do financial reporting and budgeting
  • Review company financial reports and seek ways to reduce costs
  • Analyze market trends to maximize profits and find expansion opportunities
  • Help management make financial decisions

The role of the financial manager, particularly in business, is changing in response to technological advances that have substantially reduced the amount of time it takes to produce financial reports. Financial managers’ main responsibility used to be monitoring a company’s finances, but they now do more data analysis and advise senior managers on ways to maximize profits. They often work on teams, acting as business advisors to top executives.

Financial managers also do tasks that are specific to their organization or industry. For example, government financial managers must be experts on government appropriations and budgeting processes, and healthcare financial managers must know about topics in healthcare finance. Moreover, financial managers must be knowledgeable about special tax laws and regulations that affect their industry.

The following are examples of types of financial managers:

Chief financial officers (CFOs) are accountable for the accuracy of a company’s or organization’s financial reporting, especially among publicly traded companies. As head of a company’s entire financial department, they manage the lower level financial managers. They oversee the company’s financial goals, objectives, and budgets.

Controllers direct the preparation of financial reports that summarize and forecast the organization’s financial position, such as income statements, balance sheets, and analyses of future earnings or expenses. Controllers also are in charge of preparing special reports required by governmental agencies that regulate businesses. Often, controllers oversee the accounting, audit, and budget departments of their organization.

Treasurers and finance officers direct their organization’s budgets to meet its financial goals. They oversee the investment of funds and carry out strategies to raise capital (such as issuing stocks or bonds) to support the firm’s expansion. They also develop financial plans for mergers (two companies joining together) and acquisitions (one company buying another).

Credit managers oversee their firm’s credit business. They set credit-rating criteria, determine credit ceilings, and monitor the collections of past-due accounts.

Cash managers monitor and control the flow of cash that comes in and goes out of the company to meet the company’s business and investment needs. For example, they must project cash flow (amounts coming in and going out) to determine whether the company will have a shortage or surplus of cash. 

Risk managers control financial risk by using strategies to limit or offset the probability of a financial loss or a company’s exposure to financial uncertainty. Among the risks they try to limit are those that stem from currency or commodity price changes.

Insurance managers decide how best to limit a company’s losses by obtaining insurance against risks, such as the need to make disability payments for an employee who gets hurt on the job or the costs imposed by a lawsuit against the company.

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How To Become An Account Officer

Financial managers typically have a bachelor’s degree and 5 years or more of experience in another business or financial occupation, such as an accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst.

Education

A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics, or business administration is often the minimum education needed for financial managers. However, many employers now seek candidates with a master’s degree, preferably in business administration, finance, or economics. These academic programs help students develop analytical skills and learn financial analysis methods and software.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Professional certification is not required, but some financial managers still get it to demonstrate a level of competence. The CFA Institute confers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification to investment professionals who have at least a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of work experience, and pass three exams. The Association for Financial Professionals confers the Certified Treasury Professional credential to those who pass an exam and have a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Financial managers usually have experience in another business or financial occupation. For example, they may have worked as a loan officer, accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst. 

In some cases, companies provide formal management training programs to help prepare highly motivated and skilled financial workers to become financial managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Financial managers increasingly are assisting executives in making decisions that affect their organization, a task which requires analytical ability.

Communication skills. Excellent communication skills are essential because financial managers must explain and justify complex financial transactions.

Detail oriented. In preparing and analyzing reports such as balance sheets and income statements, financial managers must be precise and attentive to their work in order to avoid errors.

Math skills. Financial managers must be skilled in math, including algebra. An understanding of international finance and complex financial documents also is important.

Organizational skills. Financial managers deal with a range of information and documents and so they must stay organized to do their jobs effectively.

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Account Officer Career Paths

Account Officer
Accountant Senior Accountant Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Accountant Controller
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Office Manager Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Consultant Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Consultant Senior Accountant
Audit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Manager Assistant Vice President
Commercial Lending Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Office Manager Assistant Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Finance Manager Finance Director
Director Of Administration & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Business Manager Finance Manager
Assistant Director Of Finance
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Assistant Branch Manager
Credit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Assistant Branch Manager Credit Manager
Credit And Collection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Office Manager Assistant Controller
Comptroller
6 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Property Manager Administrative Manager
Administrative & Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Budget Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Accounting Supervisor Credit Manager
Credit Director
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Assistant Store Manager Credit Manager
Treasury Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Accountant Accounts Payable Manager
Account Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Contracts Administrator Project Accountant
Management Accounts Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Consultant Accountant And Office Manager
Finance Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Account Leader 3.4 years
Account Technician 3.4 years
Account Auditor 3.3 years
Account Officer 3.0 years
Account Analyst 2.9 years
Account Associate 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Account Officer
Accountant 11.7%
Officer 7.3%
Cashier 5.8%
Teller 5.5%
Trainee 5.2%
Teacher 5.2%
Internship 5.1%
Secretary 3.2%
Manager 3.2%
Supervisor 2.7%
Top Careers After Account Officer
Accountant 14.9%
Cashier 6.2%
Manager 5.7%
Officer 4.6%
Consultant 4.5%

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Account Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

46.0%

Female

33.5%

Unknown

20.5%
Ethnicity

White

48.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Asian

13.9%

Black or African American

12.8%

Unknown

8.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.9%

French

10.1%

Mandarin

8.8%

Hindi

5.4%

Arabic

5.4%

Urdu

4.7%

Portuguese

4.1%

Chinese

4.1%

German

3.4%

Italian

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Bengali

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%

Swedish

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Sindhi

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Indonesian

0.7%
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Account Officer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.0%

National University

9.5%

Strayer University

8.4%

University of Delaware

6.9%

Ashford University

4.6%

Tulsa Community College

4.2%

New York University

3.8%

Fordham University

3.8%

More Tech Institute

3.8%

Ohio State University

3.4%

Webster University

3.4%

The Academy

3.4%

Central Texas College

3.4%

Trident University International

3.4%

Community College of the Air Force

3.1%

Central State University

3.1%

University of Maryland - University College

2.7%

Arizona State University

2.7%

University of the West

2.7%

American University

2.7%
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Majors

Accounting

29.3%

Business

23.7%

Finance

16.9%

Business/Commerce

4.3%

Management

3.5%

Marketing

3.1%

Economics

2.7%

Human Resources Management

2.0%

Education

1.6%

Political Science

1.5%

Computer Science

1.4%

Supply Chain Management

1.3%

Criminal Justice

1.3%

Communication

1.2%

Law

1.2%

General Studies

1.1%

Psychology

1.1%

International Business

1.0%

Information Technology

1.0%

Small Business Management

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.7%

Masters

28.7%

Other

17.8%

Diploma

5.4%

Associate

5.4%

Certificate

4.0%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$71,000
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$45,000
Min 10%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Bank of America
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
Rhode Island
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does an Account Officer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Account Officer in the United States is $71,132 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $110,000.

Real Account Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Account Officer Natixis North America LLC New York, NY Nov 17, 2013 $175,000
Private Banking Account Officer Banco Espanol de Credito, S.A. New York, NY Jun 29, 2012 $150,000 -
$160,000
Director and Account Officer, Acquisition & Sponso Natixis (Ny Branch) New York, NY Nov 12, 2010 $140,000
Associate, Account Officer Natixis (Ny Branch) New York, NY Aug 23, 2015 $70,000 -
$100,000
Private Banking Account Officer Banco Do Brasil Miami, FL Jun 09, 2013 $66,800
Private Banking Account Officer Banco Do Brasil Miami, FL Nov 15, 2010 $65,000
JR. Account Officer Safra National Bank of New York New York, NY Sep 03, 2015 $63,752
Officer, Accountant SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $63,000 -
$73,000
Junior Account Officer Israel Discount Bank of New York New York, NY Sep 09, 2013 $59,800
Finance and Accounts Officer Advanced Steel & Crane, Inc. Tulsa, OK Aug 31, 2016 $59,730
Staff Accounts Officer Central Business Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Mar 01, 2012 $56,349
Account Officer Bank of China New York, NY Feb 14, 2015 $54,163
JR. Account Officer Safra National Bank of New York New York, NY Sep 10, 2014 $53,000
Registered Account Officer Espirito Santo Bank Miami, FL Aug 28, 2014 $50,000
Registered Account Officer Espirito Santo Bank Miami, FL Sep 17, 2014 $46,350
Finance and Accounts Officer Advanced Steel & Crane, Inc. Tulsa, OK Sep 01, 2013 $44,787
Accounts Officer A&R Engineering, Inc. Marietta, GA Feb 16, 2010 $42,000

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Top Skills for An Account Officer

  1. Financial Statements
  2. External Auditors
  3. Payroll
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  • Generated monthly close of financial statements; prepared management reports concerning purchases, sales and inventory.
  • Provision of required information/clarification for Internal, External Auditors and other third parties to ensure that issues are resolved objectively.
  • Performed payroll function such as maintaining timekeeping information, processing and submitting payroll.
  • Reduced delinquent loans substantially while subtracting toxic assets from normal delinquency and rotating into a value process.
  • Coded invoices to general ledger accounts and reviewed thoroughly to ensure accuracy.

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  7. Rhode Island
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Pennsylvania
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