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Roles Available As an Accountant

The field of Accounting is broad and wide-ranging and has a origin that goes way back into ancient history. Anyone that have a special talent with numbers or figures combined with the ability to pay close attention to details may aspire to be an accountant by taking up a degree in Accounting or Accountancy. Additional knowledge in computer usage as well as written and oral communication comprise the qualities of a pursuing aspirant in the discipline of accounting. Upon completion of the education required, training and obtaining an license, the qualified accountant may apply for positions in the many available jobs for an accounting practitioner. Various tasks which are vital in the operation of a company or government agency are executed by an employed accountant. Such tasks are involved in planning, budgeting, auditing, management and taxation.

Bookkeepers may be considered to be at the lower level of the accounting field and are mostly concerned with data entry. However, they are also regarded as indispensable element since the entire financial systems are dependent on the data they input, such as transaction record of invoices and checks.

A General accountant is responsible for accretions and adjustments and may specialize in a single area like payrolls or accounts payable. He or she may receive the basic information, add the numerical data using appropriate formulas and make necessary adjustments for finality.

A Controller (in a public or private corporation) or Comptroller (for Government accounts) is another name for Chief Accountant whose task is to manage the flow of cash within the organization.

The CFO or Chief Financial Officer, being the head of numerous finance-related departments in a large company handles the supervision of the financial administration team who works on collections, inventory, sales, employee expenses and others. An auditing staff also reports to the CFO.

Accountants may also be Enrolled Agents who usually represent taxpayers. An enrolled agent needs to undertake and pass a qualifying exam.

Certified Public Accountants play the crucial role of attesting to the validity or correctness of the financial information or statements. They are responsible in properly auditing such financial reports and declares whether they are precise or not. To be a Certified Public Accountant, one must obtain an appropriate license.

Investigation of white-collar crimes (like fraud, embezzlement, contract disputes and money laundering) is the specialized area worked for by a Forensic Accountant. With the combination of accounting expertise and knowledge of regulating and existing law, the forensic accountant may be able to work along with law enforcers or be presented as witnesses in trials.

As innovation paved its way in modern ways of living, so thus the field and study of Accounting or Accountancy. With Internet technological advances, accounting jobs are no longer limited or restricted to the above mentioned specialization. There are now additional accounting titles or job positions for capable accountants. The Certified Management Accountant or CMA is an accountant handling all inventory costs and expenses. While a Certified Internal Auditor or CIA mainly focuses on internal audit of a company or a government office.

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