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Working As A General Accountant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $82,670

    Average Salary

What Does A General Accountant Do At Raytheon

* Support the Company-wide consolidation process and ensure that all related tasks and deliverables are complete, accurate and timely, and work with the SAP Competency Center to resolve technical and process issues related to the system.
* Prepare analysis and journal entries.
* Some of the more significant areas include the Environmental Liability Analysis, Debt related schedules and analyses, Deferred Contract Costs, Insurance Activities, Hedge Accounting / FAS 133, Inter-company Loans, General Corporate Reserves, and Discontinued Operations.
* Prepare account reconciliations.
* Critically review account balances, identify unusual/unreconciled items and pursue resolution with support of supervisor.
* Participate in the preparation of footnotes and schedules used for the Company’s quarterly results book, SEC filings (10
* Q and 10
* K) and investor presentation schedules.
* Support enterprise-wide process improvement initiatives and other special projects

What Does A General Accountant Do At National Oilwell Varco

* Work closely with the District Managers to provide feedback on process of the locations and provide the information required to manage the business.
* Prepare weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual financial schedules
* Work closely with the Accounting Manager/Controller in providing accurate and timely information about the “financial health” of the business segment.
* Assist with implementing, managing and continually measure a process for ensuring the business segment's efficient compliance with accounting regulations and company policies and reporting requirements.
* Work with internal and external auditors to ensure efficient reviews of financial data and controls.
* Assist with developing, implementing, managing and continually measuring a process for ensuring documentation is organized
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A General Accountant Do At Rockwell Collins

* General Accounting
* Following general instructions and with discretion as to work details, performs accounting tasks of a difficult nature requiring an experienced, professional knowledge of accounting principles and practices.
* Provides specialized analysis and forecasting support in various accounting functions such as Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Cost Accounting, Property Accounting, General Accounting and the like.
* Provides experience with Washington State B&O Tax and Miscellaneous Surveys.
* Interprets accounting data, analyses reports and recommends action to be taken.
* Prepares difficult journal entries, maintains complex ledgers, reconciles and analyzes specific general ledger and cost account ledgers.
* Assists in the development and installation of accounting systems, cost accounting methods, procedures and controls.
* May establish and maintain property accounting records as well as forecasting expenditures.
* Reviews the preparation of various financial statements, records and reports compiled by other level accounting support personnel.
* Performs account reconciliations.
* SOX & Internal Control
* Assists in the development and installation of accounting systems, procedures and controls.
* Provides support and assistance in the maintenance and monitoring of internal control compliance.
* Assists with internal and external financial audits and SOX compliance.
* Gathers supporting documentation and reports and assists in the resolution of questions/issues.
* Promote adherence to local delegation of authority

What Does A General Accountant Do At Us Boiler Co Inc.

* l Assisting with month end close & year end close l Prepares general account journal entries l Financial report analysis l Maintain fixed assets l Oversees the monthly sales commissions The qualified candidate must have a Bachelor Degree in Accounting with a minimum of 3
* years experience in an accounting role in a small to medium size manufacturing operation.
* Cost accounting experiences a plus.
* Proficient with Microsoft skills especially advance Excel.
* US Boiler Company offers a competitive salary and benefits.
* If qualified, please submit a detailed resume including salary requirements to resume@usboiler.Net or US Boiler Company Human Resources Department P
* O. Box 3020 Lancaster, Pa.
* M/F/D/V www.usboiler.netLancasterOnline.com
* Category: Finance, Keywords: Cost

What Does A General Accountant Do At Robert Half

* Responsibilities include, but not limited to the following: General accounting procedures Prepares journal entries and conducts general ledger operations Support the monthly closing process General accounting procedures Completes the reconciling of monthly closings and maintains balance sheet accounts.
* Monitors and resolves bank issues including fee anomalies and check differences.
* Conducts account/bank reconciliations.
* Assists with preparation and coordination of the audit process.
* Assists with implementing and maintaining internal financial controls and procedures.
* Assists with business process efficiencies.
* Completes and/or assists with special projects.
* Conducts ad hoc reporting as specified.
* Other duties may be assigned

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How To Become A General 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).  


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.


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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General Accountant Career Paths

General Accountant
Staff Accountant Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accountant Senior Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Assistant Controller Controller
Accounting Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Finance Director
Assistant Treasurer
5 Yearsyrs
Accountant Accounting Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Accounting Consultant Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Finance Manager Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Cost Accountant Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Assistant Controller
Divisional Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Cost Accountant Senior Accountant Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Cost Accounting Manager Accounting Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Controller Accountant-Contractor
Senior Accountant
6 Yearsyrs
Controller Accounting Consultant Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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General Accountant Demographics


  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Mandarin

  • French

  • Cantonese

  • Arabic

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Hindi

  • Korean

  • Ukrainian

  • Italian

  • Polish

  • Vietnamese

  • Gujarati

  • Hungarian

  • Turkish

  • Greek

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Real General Accountant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
General Accountant Navarro Orthodontix, PC Dallas, TX Nov 28, 2011 $96,000
General Accountant Vobile, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 23, 2016 $93,000
International General Accountant Equifax, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 28, 2016 $90,709
General Accountant Manila Sunset Grille Inc. National City, CA Apr 01, 2015 $88,566
General Accountant MV & Sons-Texas, L.P. Houston, TX Aug 22, 2016 $83,200
General Accountant Roman's Commercial Cleaning & Property Management West Warwick, RI Dec 11, 2015 $80,870
General Accountant Lapco Manufacturing Inc. Morgan City, LA Sep 16, 2015 $80,000
International General Accountant Equifax Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 14, 2016 $79,900 -
International General Accountant Equifax Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 14, 2016 $79,000 -
General Accountant Anritsu Company Morgan Hill, CA May 08, 2016 $74,849
Senior General Accountant Northside Center for Child Development, Inc. New York, NY Nov 10, 2010 $72,377
General Accountant Archcom Technology, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Sep 03, 2013 $66,000
General Accountant Archcom Technology Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Feb 13, 2015 $63,440 -
General Accountant II World Resources Institute Washington, DC May 21, 2015 $62,795 -
General Accountant Galaxy Solution Group Inc. NY Sep 01, 2014 $54,825
General Accountant Care Worldwide, Inc. New York, NY Dec 15, 2009 $54,000
General Accountant Care Worldwide, Inc. New York, NY Dec 15, 2009 $53,200
General Accountant Dicon Fiberoptics, Inc. Richmond, CA Sep 01, 2010 $52,229 -
General Accountant The Chugh Firm, AAC Iselin, NJ Sep 01, 2013 $51,584
General Accountant The Chugh Firm Santa Clara, CA Sep 30, 2010 $51,465
General Accountant Openband Multimedia, LLC Dulles Town Center, VA Oct 01, 2011 $51,397
General Accountant Heidmar Inc. Norwalk, CT May 15, 2010 $48,200
General Accountant Materia Inc. Pasadena, CA Mar 13, 2015 $48,027 -
General Accountant New Millenium of River Grove River Grove, IL Oct 01, 2011 $48,001
General Accountant Network Enhanced Technologies Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 19, 2013 $48,001 -
General Accountant Network Enhanced Technologies Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 18, 2013 $48,001 -
General Accountant Martin H. Chan, P.C. Philadelphia, PA Oct 01, 2014 $48,001
General Accountant Martin H. Chan, P.C. Philadelphia, PA Aug 01, 2014 $48,001

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Top General Accountant Skills

  1. Monthly Financial Statements
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. Payroll Taxes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared monthly financial statements for Houston operation including reconciliation of financial discrepancies.
  • Reconcile general ledger accounts, bank statements, merchant statements, AR account.
  • File and pay weekly, monthly and quarterly payroll taxes.
  • Prepare all recurring monthly journal entries related to accruals, deferrals, prepaid and operating expense allocations.
  • Prepared documentation of fixed asset expenditures and posted into fixed asset system.

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