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ACCOUNTING CAREER INFORMATION

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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.

Accountants and auditors typically do the following:

  • Examine financial statements to be sure 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 face-to-face meetings with organization managers and individual clients, and preparing written reports.
Many accountants and auditors specialize, depending on the particular organization that they work for. Some organizations specialize in assurance services (improving the quality or context of information for decision makers) or risk management (determining the probability of a misstatement on financial documentation). Other organizations specialize in specific industries, such as healthcare.

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks produce financial records for organizations. They record financial transactions, update statements, and check financial records for accuracy.                                                       

The records that bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks work with include expenditures (money spent), receipts (money that comes in), accounts payable (bills to be paid), accounts receivable (invoices, or what other people owe the organization), and profit and loss (a report that shows the organization's financial health).
Workers in this occupation have a wide range of tasks. Some in this occupation are full-charge bookkeeping clerks who maintain an entire organization’s books. Others are accounting clerks who handle specific tasks.

These clerks use basic mathematics (adding, subtracting) throughout the day.

 

OUTLOOK & WAGE DATA

United States

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings

2010

2020

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

1,898,300

2,157,400

+14%

46,780

California

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings

2008

2018

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

221,600

237,700

+7%

4,270

Wage Data:  Location

Pay
Period

2010

10%

25%

Median

75%

90%

United States

Hourly

$10.23

$13.00

$16.36

$20.28

$24.75

Yearly

$21,300

$27,000

$34,000

$42,200

$51,500

California

Hourly

$12.08

$14.96

$18.52

$22.71

$27.64

Yearly

$25,100

$31,100

$38,500

$47,200

$57,500

Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.

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State and National Trends
Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.
Note: The data for the State Employment Trends and the National Employment Trends are not directly comparable. The projections period for state data is 2008-2018, while the projections period for national data is 2010-2020.

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