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4 Types of Accountants: Which Will You Be?

AccountingDespite America’s current economic problems, accounting jobs remain plentiful. In fact, job growth in this field is projected to increase more than 20 percent between 2008 and 2018, the most recent period for which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has forecasts.* This rate is “much faster than average,” according to the BLS.

If you are studying — or thinking about studying — accounting, you’ll eventually have to choose among a variety of career paths when you get out of school. The BLS recognizes four basic types of accounting, each serving a different purpose and market. These four types are:

Public Accountants. This is the most popular and well-known accounting field. As a group, public accountants perform an array of services, including accounting, auditing, tax and consulting activities for clients that include individuals, companies, nonprofit organizations and government entities. Individual public accountants tend to specialize further in certain areas — such as tax accounting and forensic accounting — because of the high degree of education and experience needed to deliver high quality services.

Management Accountants. Management accountants tend to work in-house for companies and are responsible for evaluating and guiding their business’ financial performance. Usually part of the management team, they help in budgeting, performance evaluations, cost control and other activities that directly affect a company’s profitability.

Government Accountants. Government accountants work for government agencies. Their job is to see that government funds are being properly spent and that taxes are being properly paid. You’ll find a lot of government accountants working for the IRS or for state and federal regulatory agencies.

Internal Auditors. Internal auditors can work for either the government or private business. Their job is to look for inefficiencies, waste and fraud. Unlike management accountants — those who help determine how an organization’s money will be spent — internal auditors look at how many has been spent, and then judge if the expenditures yielded an appropriate return.

What kind of accountant do you want to be? Your decision will likely depend on your interests, your talents, your temperament and how much college and post-collection training you’re willing to take.

Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting Online

If you want to begin a career in accounting, Everest University Online, a division of Everest University, offers a bachelor’s degree in the Accounting program that can be completed in as little as four years. Designed for career-minded individuals who may already have a job or who are raising a family and don’t have time to go to a traditional ground school, Everest’s bachelor’s degree in Accounting program can provide you with the knowledge, skills, experience and support you need to begin or energize your accounting career.

As with all Everest programs, classes are small to ensure you get the individual attention you may need. Instructors are industry professionals who emphasize hands-on learning with group projects and real-world scenarios. Graduates can also take advantage of Everest’s Career Services department, where representatives can help you find employment opportunities in the area.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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For more information on the bachelor’s degree in Accounting program and other degree programs you can earn online, contact Everest University Online today!

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics/O*NET Online – Accountants:, accessed 8/15/11. Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local job market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.

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