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Working As A Finance Analyst/Accountant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $62,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Finance Analyst/Accountant Do

Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records. They ensure that financial records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time. Accountants and auditors assess financial operations and work to help ensure that organizations run efficiently. 

Duties

Accountants and auditors typically do the following:

  • Examine financial statements to ensure that they are accurate and comply with laws and regulations
  • Compute taxes owed, prepare tax returns, and ensure that taxes are paid properly and on time
  • Inspect account books and accounting systems for efficiency and use of accepted accounting procedures
  • Organize and maintain financial records
  • Assess financial operations and make best-practices recommendations to management
  • Suggest ways to reduce costs, enhance revenues, and improve profits

In addition to examining and preparing financial documentation, accountants and auditors must explain their findings. This includes preparing written reports and meeting face-to-face with organization managers and individual clients.

Many accountants and auditors specialize, depending on the particular organization that they work for. Some work for organizations that specialize in assurance services (improving the quality or context of information for decisionmakers) or risk management (determining the probability of a misstatement on financial documentation). Other organizations specialize in specific industries, such as healthcare.

Some workers with a background in accounting and auditing teach in colleges and universities. For more information, see the profile on postsecondary teachers.

The following are examples of types of accountants and auditors:

Public accountants perform a broad range of accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting tasks. Their clients include corporations, governments, and individuals.

Public accountants work with financial documents that clients are required by law to disclose. These include tax forms and balance sheet statements that corporations must provide potential investors. For example, some public accountants concentrate on tax matters, advising corporations about the tax advantages of certain business decisions or preparing individual income tax returns.

Public accountants, many of whom are Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), generally have their own businesses or work for public accounting firms. Publicly traded companies are required to have CPAs sign documents they submit to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including annual and quarterly reports.

Some public accountants specialize in forensic accounting, investigating financial crimes such as securities fraud and embezzlement, bankruptcies and contract disputes, and other complex and possibly criminal financial transactions. Forensic accountants combine their knowledge of accounting and finance with law and investigative techniques to determine if an activity is illegal. Many forensic accountants work closely with law enforcement personnel and lawyers during investigations and often appear as expert witnesses during trials.

Management accountants, also called cost, managerial, industrial, corporate, or private accountants, record and analyze the financial information of the organizations for which they work. The information that management accountants prepare is intended for internal use by business managers, not by the general public.

Management accountants often work on budgeting and performance evaluation. They also may help organizations plan the cost of doing business. Some may work with financial managers on asset management, which involves planning and selecting financial investments such as stocks, bonds, and real estate.

Government accountants maintain and examine the records of government agencies and audit private businesses and individuals whose activities are subject to government regulations or taxation. Accountants employed by federal, state, and local governments ensure that revenues are received and spent in accordance with laws and regulations.

Internal auditors check for mismanagement of an organization’s funds. They identify ways to improve the processes for finding and eliminating waste and fraud. The practice of internal auditing is not regulated, but The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) provides generally accepted standards.

External auditors perform similar duties as internal auditors, but are employed by an outside organization, rather than the one they are auditing. They review clients’ financial statements and inform investors and authorities that the statements have been correctly prepared and reported.

Information technology auditors are internal auditors who review controls for their organization’s computer systems, to ensure that the financial data comes from a reliable source.

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How To Become A Finance Analyst/Accountant

Most accountants and auditors need at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Certification within a specific field of accounting improves job prospects. For example, many accountants become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).  

Education

Most accountant and auditor positions require at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Some employers prefer to hire applicants who have a master’s degree, either in accounting or in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

A few universities and colleges offer specialized programs, such as a bachelor’s degree in internal auditing. In some cases, those with associate’s degrees, as well as bookkeepers and accounting clerks who meet the education and experience requirements set by their employers, get junior accounting positions and advance to accountant positions by showing their accounting skills on the job.

Many colleges help students gain practical experience through summer or part-time internships with public accounting or business firms.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Every accountant filing a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is required by law to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Many other accountants choose to become a CPA to enhance their job prospects or to gain clients. Many employers will often pay the costs associated with the CPA exam.

CPAs are licensed by their state’s Board of Accountancy. Becoming a CPA requires passing a national exam and meeting other state requirements. Almost all states require CPA candidates to complete 150 semester hours of college coursework to be certified, which is 30 hours more than the usual 4-year bachelor’s degree. Many schools offer a 5-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree to meet the 150-hour requirement, but a master’s degree is not required.

A few states allow a number of years of public accounting experience to substitute for a college degree.

All states use the four-part Uniform CPA Examination from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Candidates do not have to pass all four parts at once, but most states require that they pass all four parts within 18 months of passing their first part.

Almost all states require CPAs to take continuing education to keep their license.

Certification provides an advantage in the job market because it shows professional competence in a specialized field of accounting and auditing. Accountants and auditors seek certifications from a variety of professional societies. Some of the most common certifications are listed below:

The Institute of Management Accountants offers the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) to applicants who complete a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have worked at least 2 years in management accounting, pass a two-part exam, agree to meet continuing education requirements, and comply with standards of professional conduct. The exam covers areas such as financial statement analysis, working-capital policy, capital structure, valuation issues, and risk management. 

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) offers the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) to graduates from accredited colleges and universities who have worked for 2 years as internal auditors and have passed a four-part exam. The IIA also offers the Certified in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) to those who pass the exams and meet educational and experience requirements.

ISACA offers the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) to candidates who pass an exam and have 5 years of experience auditing information systems. Information systems experience, financial or operational auditing experience, or related college credit hours can be substituted for up to 3 years of experience in information systems auditing, control, or security.

For accountants with a CPA, the AICPA offers the option to receive any or all of the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), or Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) certifications. The ABV requires a written exam, completion of at least six business valuation projects, and 75 hours of continuing education. The CITP requires 1,000 hours of business technology experience and 75 hours of continuing education. Candidates for the PFS also must complete a certain amount of work experience and continuing education, and pass a written exam.

Advancement

Some top executives and financial managers have a background in accounting, internal auditing, or finance.

Beginning public accountants often advance to positions with more responsibility in 1 or 2 years and to senior positions within another few years. Those who excel may become supervisors, managers, or partners; open their own public accounting firm; or transfer to executive positions in management accounting or internal auditing in private firms.

Management accountants often start as cost accountants, junior internal auditors, or trainees for other accounting positions. As they rise through the organization, they may advance to accounting manager, chief cost accountant, budget director, or manager of internal auditing. Some become controllers, treasurers, financial vice presidents, chief financial officers, or corporation presidents.

Public accountants, management accountants, and internal auditors can move from one aspect of accounting and auditing to another. Public accountants often move into management accounting or internal auditing. Management accountants may become internal auditors, and internal auditors may become management accountants. However, it is less common for management accountants or internal auditors to move into public accounting.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to identify issues in documentation and suggest solutions. For example, public accountants use analytical skills in their work to minimize tax liability, and internal auditors use these skills to detect fraudulent use of funds.  

Communication skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to listen carefully to facts and concerns from clients, managers, and others. They must also be able to discuss the results of their work in both meetings and written reports.

Detail oriented. Accountants and auditors must pay attention to detail when compiling and examining documentation.

Math skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to analyze, compare, and interpret facts and figures, although complex math skills are not necessary.

Organizational skills. Strong organizational skills are important for accountants and auditors who often work with a range of financial documents for a variety of clients.

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Finance Analyst/Accountant Career Paths

Finance Analyst/Accountant
Finance Analyst Senior Accountant Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Accountant Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Supervisor Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Controller Finance Controller Finance Manager
Regional Finance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Division Controller
Group Controller
11 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Reporting Manager Assistant Controller
Divisional Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Plant Controller
Unit Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Cost Accountant Senior Cost Accountant
Cost Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Cost Accountant Accounting Supervisor
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Cost Accountant Senior Staff Accountant Accounting Supervisor
Manager, Accounting Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Assistant Controller
Assistant Corporate Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Office Manager Administrative Manager
Administrative & Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Analyst Underwriter Credit Manager
Treasury Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Cost Analyst Finance Planning Analyst Senior Finance Planning Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Project Accountant Senior Auditor Division Controller
Controller General Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Accountant 3.9 years
Accountant 3.7 years
General Accountant 3.5 years
Accounting Analyst 3.0 years
Staff Accountant 3.0 years
Finance Analyst 2.8 years
Revenue Accountant 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Finance Analyst/Accountant
Accountant 17.6%
Controller 3.6%
Internship 3.1%
Auditor 2.2%
Bookkeeper 1.8%
Top Careers After Finance Analyst/Accountant
Accountant 10.2%
Controller 6.6%
Consultant 3.2%
Analyst 1.8%
Manager 1.7%

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Finance Analyst/Accountant Demographics

Gender

Female

44.4%

Male

43.8%

Unknown

11.7%
Ethnicity

White

55.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Asian

14.5%

Black or African American

11.2%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.8%

Chinese

12.4%

Mandarin

10.1%

French

7.8%

Russian

5.4%

Cantonese

3.9%

Gujarati

3.1%

Hindi

3.1%

Korean

2.3%

German

2.3%

Ukrainian

1.6%

Armenian

1.6%

Persian

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Swedish

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Indonesian

0.8%

Lithuanian

0.8%

Thai

0.8%

Nepali

0.8%
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Finance Analyst/Accountant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

26.6%

Strayer University

8.1%

Pace University - New York

5.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.1%

Wayne State University

4.6%

San Jose State University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Webster University

3.5%

Temple University

3.3%

Georgia State University

3.3%

Regis University

3.3%

George Mason University

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%

DePaul University

3.3%

University of South Florida

3.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.0%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.0%

University of Connecticut

3.0%

New York University

2.7%
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Majors

Accounting

41.1%

Business

29.0%

Finance

17.3%

Management

2.3%

Economics

2.2%

Marketing

0.9%

Computer Information Systems

0.7%

International Business

0.7%

Project Management

0.7%

Computer Science

0.6%

Management Information Systems

0.5%

Communication

0.5%

Psychology

0.5%

Education

0.5%

Business/Commerce

0.5%

Real Estate

0.5%

Human Resources Management

0.5%

Accounting And Computer Science

0.5%

Mathematics

0.4%

Liberal Arts

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.7%

Masters

36.2%

Other

7.3%

Associate

3.3%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

0.5%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.1%
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How much does a Finance Analyst/Accountant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Finance Analyst/Accountant in the United States is $62,195 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $46,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $83,000.

Real Finance Analyst/Accountant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Financial Account Analyst Citibank, N.A. Islandia, NY Oct 20, 2012 $88,000
Analyst, Financial Accountant Perella Weinberg Partners Group LP New York, NY Sep 28, 2011 $88,000 -
$100,000
Accountant/Financial Analyst Chimay Industrial Inc. Industry, CA Jan 07, 2016 $83,595
Financial Analyst/Sr. Financial Accountant GAIA Real Estate L.L.C. New York, NY Jun 16, 2014 $82,500
Accountant/Financial Analyst Buchanan Associates Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2009 $80,000
Account & Financial Analyst Ivy Enterprises, Inc. Port Washington, NY Aug 30, 2016 $71,510
Account & Financial Analyst Ivy Enterprises, Inc. Port Washington, NY Mar 08, 2016 $71,510
Accountant/Financial Analyst Law Offices of Timothy K. Wong, PLLC New York, NY Feb 19, 2014 $67,431
Account/Financial Analyst 801-803 LLC New York, NY Sep 16, 2015 $66,241
Account/Financial Analyst 801-803 LLC New York, NY Sep 14, 2016 $65,407
Account/Financial Analyst 801-803 LLC New York, NY Jul 09, 2016 $65,407
Financial Analyst/Accountant 3 Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. Watertown Town, MA Aug 21, 2016 $65,000
Financial Account Analyst Aryasai Inc. Austin, TX Sep 20, 2015 $56,181
Accountant/Financial Analyst Law Offices of Timothy K. Wong, PLLC New York, NY Feb 18, 2011 $55,514
Accountant/Financial Analyst Timothy K. Wong, ESQ New York, NY Feb 18, 2011 $55,514
Financial Accounts Analyst Brooks Jucha & Associates San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2010 $55,452
Accountanat/Financial Analyst Smart Source Technologies, Inc. North Brunswick, NJ May 15, 2013 $55,400
Accountant/Financial Analyst Smart Source Technologies, Inc. North Brunswick, NJ May 28, 2013 $55,400
Financial Analyst/Accountant Millennium Pools & Spas, LLC Springfield, VA Oct 31, 2011 $55,034
Accountant/Financial Analyst Thunder Group, Inc. Industry, CA Oct 01, 2012 $55,000
Financial Analyst/Accountant International Shipping Link, Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2010 $47,923
Financial Analyst/Accountant International Shipping Link, Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 12, 2010 $47,923
Financial Analyst/Accountant Dimock Community Health Center MA Nov 29, 2011 $47,667
Accountant/Financial Analyst G & J Express Transport, Inc. Commerce, CA Sep 28, 2012 $47,542
Accountant/Financial Analyst Ito, Inc. Inglewood, CA Nov 15, 2011 $47,542
Accountant and Financial Analyst G & J Express Transport, Inc. Commerce, CA Sep 20, 2012 $47,542
Accountant/Financial Analyst International Daily News, Inc. Monterey Park, CA Aug 21, 2012 $47,382
Accountant/Financial Analyst UNID Ocean Transport, Inc. El Monte, CA Aug 22, 2012 $47,382

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Top Skills for A Finance Analyst/Accountant

  1. Financial Statements
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. Journal Entries
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  • Managed process of booking revenue/expenses are properly recorded in timely manners which leads to proper completion of financial statements.
  • Performed month-end close including accruals and reclassification journal entries for general ledger accounts.
  • Processed journal entries and performed accounting corrections to ensure accurate records.
  • Monitored regulatory environment for a large utility company and related accounting for $300 million in regulatory assets and liabilities.
  • Summarized current financial status by collecting information; preparing balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and other reports.

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