What is an Accountant?

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What Is an Accountant?

Accountants play an important role in the business sector by helping companies and organizations stay financially viable in a competitive economy. Accountants prepare and examine a company’s financial records for accuracy. Accountants also keep watch of budgets and align a company’s financial goals with its current spending and revenue trends. An accountant will make recommendations to improve financial efficiency, generate profits and initiate waste-cutting measures.

Accountants are also vital during tax season, helping to compute taxes for companies to ensure they comply with laws and regulations. Accountants may also work with individuals to assist with their taxes and finances.

Career Outlook for an Accountant

Business for accountants is good at companies across all industries, helping to drive demand for accountants and financial professionals who steer companies toward smarter ways to operate through efficient spending. A push for stricter finance laws and regulations is also creating a need for qualified accountants in a variety of business sectors. Furthermore, a continued shift toward a global economy is also drawing a need for specialized accountants with experience in international finance, including laws and regulations, trade and mergers, and acquisitions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports solid job growth through the next decade for accountants. According to the BLS, the average salary for accountants is nearly $62,000. Income is dependent on experience and education level.

A bachelor’s degree is the first step for professionals seeking an accounting career. Professional credentials, such as a certified public accountant (CPA), positions candidates to the top of potential employer’s mind.

The King University Advantage

In an effort to maintain our commitment to affordable education, King University has announced a zero percent tuition increase for the 2013 to 2014 terms. King University is also proud to offer the Bachelor of Business Administration degree 100 percent online, bridging quality and accessibility for our adult learners.

King University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.