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Working As A Reporting Specialist

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

  • Repetitive

  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Reporting Specialist 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 Reporting Specialist

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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Reporting Specialist Career Paths

Reporting Specialist
Business Analyst Consultant Office Manager
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Senior Accountant
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Manager Branch Manager
Manager, Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Analyst Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Finance Analyst Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Analyst Consultant Controller
Controller, Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Office Manager Controller
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Manager Service Manager
Senior Service Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Accounting Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager Finance Manager
Business Manager-Finance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Director Finance Director
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Account Manager Assistant Controller
Assistant Director Of Finance
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Business Manager Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Finance Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Senior Tax Accountant
Tax Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Finance And Reporting Analyst Accounting Supervisor Cost Accounting Manager
Budget Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Finance And Reporting Analyst Senior Finance Planning Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
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Reporting Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

52.7%

Male

36.5%

Unknown

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

62.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

9.5%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.1%

French

11.6%

Italian

5.3%

Portuguese

4.2%

Chinese

4.2%

Cantonese

4.2%

Vietnamese

3.2%

Hindi

3.2%

Mandarin

3.2%

Urdu

3.2%

Korean

2.1%

Bengali

2.1%

Russian

2.1%

German

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Swedish

1.1%

Gujarati

1.1%

Dutch

1.1%

Ukrainian

1.1%

Dari

1.1%
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Reporting Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.3%

Strayer University

6.9%

Ohio State University

5.8%

Wilmington University

5.5%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

5.2%

Suffolk University

5.2%

University of Delaware

5.2%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.5%

American University

3.8%

University of Central Florida

3.8%

Boston University

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

New York University

3.4%

Webster University

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

University of North Texas

3.1%

Arizona State University

3.1%

San Diego State University

3.1%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.1%

Illinois State University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

32.2%

Accounting

17.8%

Finance

12.4%

Computer Science

4.2%

Psychology

3.5%

Economics

3.0%

Management

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.3%

Political Science

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Criminal Justice

2.2%

English

2.0%

Communication

1.6%

Nursing

1.6%

Management Information Systems

1.6%

Education

1.5%

Human Resources Management

1.4%

Legal Support Services

1.3%

Information Technology

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.6%

Masters

21.1%

Other

16.7%

Associate

9.1%

Certificate

3.4%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Reporting Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Reporting Specialist in the United States is $76,626 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $46,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Reporting Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager of Regulatory Reporting Specialists Team Axiom Software Laboratories New York, NY Feb 12, 2015 $142,000
Analytics & Reporting Specialist Manager Deloitte Services LP TN Aug 08, 2016 $140,000
Reporting Specialist Ventera Corporation Reston, VA May 06, 2014 $122,886
Reporting Specialist Ventera Corporation Reston, VA Aug 06, 2012 $120,016 -
$130,000
SR. Reporting & Analytics Specialists of Device Lifecycle Programs T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Oct 19, 2016 $118,706 -
$130,000
Director, Financial Reporting Specialist UBS Financial Services Inc. Weehawken, NJ Oct 08, 2016 $117,500 -
$165,000
Senior Regulatory Reporting Specalist Axiom Software Laboratories Inc. New York, NY Dec 09, 2016 $115,000
Senior Cognos Reporting Specialist American General Life Insurance Company Los Angeles, CA Nov 12, 2015 $114,837
Reporting & Analytics Specialist Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2014 $110,000
Senior Regulatory Reporting Specalist Axiom Software Laboratories Inc. New York, NY Dec 09, 2016 $110,000
Reporting Specialist-Epic Clarity Memorial Care-Memorial Health Services Fountain Valley, CA Jan 12, 2015 $107,994
Reporting Specialist-Epic Clarity Memorial Health Services Fountain Valley, CA Jan 21, 2015 $107,994
Senior Regulatory Reporting Specalist Axiom Software Laboratories Inc. New York, NY Dec 09, 2016 $105,000
Senior Tax Reporting Specialist Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC Boston, MA Feb 12, 2016 $101,213
Peoplesoft Reports Specialist Fedex Ground Package System, Inc. Moon, PA Nov 14, 2015 $89,499
Peoplesoft Reports Specialist Fedex Ground Package System, Inc. Moon, PA Nov 24, 2015 $89,499
BI Reporting Specialist Rohm and Haas Chemicals, LLC, A Subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company Midland, MI Jul 12, 2015 $88,920 -
$133,368
Regulatory Reporting Specialist Axiom Software Laboaratories, Inc. New York, NY Jan 15, 2015 $85,000
Regulatory Reporting Specialist Axiom Software Laboratories, Inc. Bedford, NH Jan 15, 2015 $85,000
Regulatory Reporting Specialist Axiom Software Laboratories Inc. Bedford, NH Sep 15, 2015 $85,000
Peoplesoft Reports Specialist Fedex Ground Package System, Inc. Moon, PA Nov 25, 2014 $82,500 -
$99,900
Financial Reporting Specialist HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Buffalo, NY Apr 01, 2014 $79,893
External Reporting Specialist Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus, OH Oct 15, 2015 $64,314
External Reporting Specialist Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus, OH Jul 10, 2016 $64,314
Shared Services Reporting Specialist Direct Energy Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $63,000
Finance Reporting Specialist UBS Financial Services Inc. Weehawken, NJ Aug 28, 2013 $62,500 -
$72,000
Regulatory Reporting Specialist Axiom Software Laboratories Inc. New York, NY Sep 02, 2014 $62,500
Specialist, Financial Reporting Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Sep 13, 2013 $62,400
External Reporting Specialist Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus, OH Jan 09, 2016 $62,000 -
$70,000
Regulatory Reporting Specialist Axiom Software Laboratories Inc. New York, NY Apr 26, 2012 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Reporting Specialist

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Procedures
  3. Ensure Compliance
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  • Prepared annual and semi-annual financial statements, prospectuses and statements of additional information for Fidelity's mutual funds.
  • Implemented the re-structuring and enhancement of reporting templates and procedures in order to create cost-effective solutions to dynamic business conditions.
  • Maintained and reviewed private investor guidelines daily to ensure compliance with private investor requirements.
  • Provided repository database/application design analysis/specification, development project management, content management, application testing, and data integration analysis/specification.
  • Deploy improved tools to enterprise COE without compromising customer service level agreements.

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