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    5-Step Guide to Becoming an Accountant

    In this era of economic uncertainty, it’s not just about making money. For businesses and individuals alike, minimizing expenses and documenting all business transactions correctly and honestly have become just as important as maximizing revenue. That’s where accountants come in. Despite the “bean counter” stereotype, accountants are invaluable employees who lead clients through the ever-changing worlds of tax and finance. ...
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    Play Ball as a Sports Accountant

    Play Ball as a Sports Accountant
    You could say that Bowie Baysox Controller Christy Hoos was born into her job. She grew up in a sports-obsessed family, and her father was a professional baseball player. A friend of a friend helped her find her first sports accounting job, working for the Baltimore Orioles, and her love of sports has kept her in the game. "It's more interesting ...
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    Seasonal Tax-Preparation Jobs

    Seasonal Tax-Preparation Jobs
    Interested in keeping money out of the government's hands? Consider a seasonal job as a tax-preparation professional. Each year, large tax-preparation firms such as H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt train and employ thousands of people to prepare tax returns in their storefront offices. H&R Block hires 80,000 tax professionals to work from January until the end of April. Ninety percent of ...
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    Entertainment Accounting

    Entertainment Accounting
    Lights! Camera! Audit! In the multibillion-dollar entertainment industry, accountants have found a glitzy niche providing financial services to Hollywood studios, production companies and a whole universe of artists and technicians -- from box-office superstars and music-industry moguls to truck drivers and B-movie bit players. With some connections and knowledge of the entertainment industry, a bachelor's degree in accounting and a knack ...
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    Fight Fraud as a Forensic Accountant

    Fight Fraud as a Forensic Accountant
    An employee embezzles millions of dollars from his company, but he doesn't know his firm is on to him. To combat his schemes, the company brings in a forensic accountant, a professional with a combination of financial expertise and investigative prowess, to determine exactly what's going on. Eventually, the forensic accountant uncovers the fraud, gathers evidence and turns it over to ...
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    Environmental Accountants Do It for the Green

    Environmental Accountants Do It for the Green
    Accountants can do more than count beans and push back against the occasional executive who wants to borrow a few hundred million from petty cash. When financial geniuses specialize in environmental accounting, they'll find themselves analyzing internal and external costs of environmental impacts and sometimes jumping up and down to get the attention of executives who'd rather stick their heads in ...
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    The Undergraduate's Guide to the Big Four Interview

    The Undergraduate's Guide to the Big Four Interview
    If you're looking to sign on with a Big Four accounting firm after graduation, a solid grade-point average, leadership in extracurriculars and internship experience will all put you in good position. But to land the job, you'll need to nail a competitive, complex interview process. Interviewing at one of the Big Four -- Deloitte & Touche USA, Ernst & Young, KPMG ...
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    Career Profile: Bookkeeping Clerk

    Career Profile: Bookkeeping Clerk
    What is this job like? Expenditures. Receipts. Accounts payable and receivable. Profits and losses. Any organization that uses money has to keep records—records of where money came from and where it went. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, as well as other financial clerks, keep these financial records. Bookkeeping clerks add, subtract, multiply, and divide many numbers each day. They must be ...
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    Elder Care Accountants Manage Baby Boomers' Finances

    Elder Care Accountants Manage Baby Boomers' Finances
    With the oldest Baby Boomers hitting their 60s, a multibillion-dollar niche in accounting is developing to help seniors and their adult children plan for the future care of those who can no longer live independently. Elder care accounting services range from simple estate planning to more complete services such as managing accounts, paying bills, reporting to adult children regularly about incapacitated ...
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    Career Profile: Accountant

    Career Profile: Accountant
    What is this job like? Accountants and auditors keep track of a company's money. The company's managers and people outside the company read their reports. Managers look at the accountants' reports to see how well their companies are doing. Governments use the reports to tell how much tax a company should pay. Some people read them to decide if they want ...
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    Career Profile: Budget Analyst

    Career Profile: Budget Analyst
    Description: Examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. Analyze budgeting and accounting reports for the purpose of maintaining expenditure controls. Sample of reported job titles: Accounting Supervisor, Budget Analyst, Budget And Policy Analyst, CFO (Chief Financial Officer), Cost Accountant, Staff Analyst What It Takes to Do this Job... Tasks * Direct the preparation of regular and ...
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    Salary Guides: Accounting Clerk I

    Job Description: Performs routine accounting activities such as maintenance of the general ledger, preparation of various accounting statements and financial reports and accounts payable or receivable functions. Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent with 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Has knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies ...
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    Salary Guides: Tax Accountant I

    Salary Guides: Tax Accountant I
    Job Description: Maintains tax records and prepares tax returns, related schedules, and related reports. Prepares paperwork for local, state and federal level returns. May require a bachelor's degree and 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Has knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform ...
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    Salary Guides: Accountant I

    Salary Guides: Accountant I
    Job Description:Prepares balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and other financial reports. Responsibilities also include analyzing trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations incurred to predict future revenues and expenses. Reports organization's finances to management, and offers suggestions about resource utilization, tax strategies, and assumptions underlying budget forecasts. May require a bachelor's degree in area of specialty and 0-2 years of ...
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    Salary Guides: Accounting Director

    Job Description Responsibilities include directing and overseeing all or one of the following accounting functions: general accounting, payroll, and cost accounting. Requires a bachelor's degree in area of specialty with at least 10 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on extensive experience and judgment ...
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    More accounting grads than ever. Anyone hiring?

    More accounting grads than ever. Anyone hiring?
    Accounting's staffing crisis may be nearing its end. Finding and keeping talented CPAs has been an ongoing concern in recent years. This year, for instance, staffing was among the top 10 concerns for firms with two to 20 professionals, according to the AICPA's 2009 CPA Firm Top Issues Survey. That could be about to change. A new report from the AICPA ...
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    Salary Guides: Accountant IV

    Salary Guides: Accountant IV
    Job Description: Prepares balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and other financial reports. Responsibilities also include analyzing trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations incurred to predict future revenues and expenses. Reports organization's finances to management, and offers suggestions about resource utilization, tax strategies, and assumptions underlying budget forecasts. Requires a bachelor's degree in area of specialty and 6-8 years of ...
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    Finance Will be a Job Market Force in Next Decade

    Finance Will be a Job Market Force in Next Decade
    The financial services arena has taken its share of job-market hits over the past couple of years. The latest proof comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which listed bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clearks among the nine professions saw the most job losses in 2009. An interesting note in that MSNBC article, though: "The free-for-all on Wall Street that led to ...
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    Salary Guides: Accounting Clerk III

    Job Description: Performs routine accounting activities such as maintenance of the general ledger, preparation of various accounting statements and financial reports and accounts payable or receivable functions. Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent and at least 5 years of related experience. Familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on experience and judgment to plan ...
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    Salary Guides: Accounts Payable Clerk, Sr.

    Job Description: Responsible for compiling amounts owed by the company to vendors, suppliers, or other organizations/individuals. Gathers purchase orders, charge slips, sales tickets etc, and prepares payments. Maintains all payment or other transaction records. Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent with 2-4 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and ...