Accountants gather data, create reports, analyze data, design systems, prepare governmental reports, and advise or work with management on operational teams. An accountant examines, analyzes and interprets data to give advice and prepare financial statements.
Accounting technicians maintain records for accounts payable and receivable, payroll, auditing, taxes, inventory, and banking.
The accounting field includes several areas of expertise:
- Financial Accounting
- Cost/Managerial Accounting
- Tax: Income and Payroll
Accounting clerks monitor and control various types of electronic data processing equipment used in the field of accounting.
- Automated general ledger
- Accounting subsystems & database management
- Spreadsheet applications & graphics use
Positions may be available in public, private, and government sectors. Practically any business or organization utilizes the services of accountants and accounting technicians. The employment outlook is generally good; the accounting function is required whether economic conditions are strong or weak.