Career Outlook For Accounting Associate Degree

Your Accounting Degree can qualify you for many influential positions in business and finance. Here are just a few of the careers you could pursue with a degree from Everest University Online.

Budget Analyst
Budget analysts play the primary role in the development, analysis and execution of budgets, which are used to allocate resources and estimate future financial requirements. Budget analysts can be found in private industry, nonprofit organizations and the public sector. Their primary task is providing advice in the preparation of annual budgets and examining them for completeness, accuracy and conformance with established objectives.

Public Accountant
Public accountants perform a broad range of accounting, auditing, tax and consulting activities for their clients-corporations, governments, organizations or individuals. They can concentrate on tax matters, specialize in compensation or employee health care benefits, audit clients' financial statements, or even specialize in forensic accounting–the investigation of white-collar crimes.

Management Accountant
Management accountants record and analyze the financial information of the companies for which they work. Other responsibilities include budgeting, performance evaluation, cost management and asset management. Usually, management accountants are part of executive teams–they analyze and interpret financial information the executives need to make sound decisions regarding strategic planning or new product development.

Government Accountant
Government accountants and auditors maintain and examine the records of government agencies. They also audit private businesses and individuals whose activities are subject to government regulations or taxation. Accountants employed by federal, state and local governments guarantee that revenues are received and expenditures are made in accordance with laws and regulations.

Internal Auditor
Internal auditors verify the accuracy of their organization's internal records and check for mismanagement, waste or fraud. They examine and evaluate their firm's financial and information systems, management procedures and internal controls to ensure that records are accurate and controls are adequate to protect against fraud and waste.

Personal Financial Advisor
Personal financial advisors, also called financial consultants, use their knowledge of investments, tax laws and insurance to recommend financial options to individuals. Some of the issues that planners address are retirement and estate planning, funding for college and general investment options. A number of advisors also manage clients' investments for them.

Cost Estimator
Cost estimators are responsible for accurately forecasting the cost of future projects. They develop the cost information that business owners need to bid for contracts or to determine if a proposed new product may be profitable. Cost estimators also compile and analyze data on all factors that can influence costs–such as materials, labor, location, special machinery requirements and computer hardware and software.

Tax Examiner
Tax examiners review filed tax returns for accuracy and determine whether tax credits and deductions are allowed by law. They usually review simple tax returns from individual taxpayers or small businesses. They notify taxpayers of any overpayment or underpayment and either issue a refund or request further payment.

Financial Analyst
Financial analysts work for banks, insurance companies, mutual and pension funds, securities firms and other businesses, helping them make investment decisions. Financial analysts read company financial statements and analyze commodity prices, sales, costs, expenses and tax rates in order to determine a company's value and project future earnings. Other financial analysts perform budget, cost and credit analysis as part of their responsibilities.

Source: Adapted from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S, Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, www.bls.gov/oco. Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors may impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.