Accountancy: more than just a numbers game

What do Shawshank Redemption, Schindler’s List and The Producers have in common?

Well, besides being fabulous Hollywood movies – and Broadway shows – they’re all stories that chronicle the lives of accountants, one of the oldest professions in the book. And also one of the most well respected, fastest growing– and well paid!

Accountants go by a lot of names — bean counters, numbers crunchers, comptroller – but the most common accountancy moniker is CPA, which is the qualification awarded to accountancy professionals who meet the education and experience requirements of their state and pass the Uniform CPA Examination set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

However, not every accountant has CPA credentials.  It’s just the most well-known of the accountancy certifications within a profession that includes many levels and specialties.

Why choose accounting? Well, it gives you an edge in the job market, and the profession is projected to grow by more than 500,000 jobs between now and 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

And then there’s the salary.  More than 3.3 million Americans work in the accountancy profession, with more than one hundred different job titles, multiple levels of certifications, and salaries that range from $30,000 to more than $150,000.  Here are just a few of the most common accountancy jobs:

Accounting Clerk (Entry-Level $32,855)

Payroll Administrator ($50,493)

Bookkeeper ($39,131)

Accounting Manager ($85,932)

Accountant (Entry-Level $46,119)

Audit Manager ($108,643)

Budget Analyst (Entry-Level $49,459)

Controller ($169,134)

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