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Accountants and Auditors

There are 4 types of accountants: Public Accountants, Managerial Accountants, Internal Auditors, and Government Accountants. Public Accountants work for public accounting companies, Managerial Accountants keep track of companies accounts, Internal Auditors check the accuracy of companies accounts and look for evidence of theft, and Government Accountants and Auditors keep track of the governments accounts and auditing. Accountants and Auditors manage taxes, accounting, recordkeeping, and internal auditing of businesses, government agencies, and the public. An Accountant or Auditor can work for the government, be self employed, or work for a public accounting firm. Computer skills are becoming a necessity in this field as software is published that cuts the amount of work the accountants and auditors actually do. Most positions require at least a Bachelors in Accounting or a related field. Licensing is necessary for the more competitive and better paying positions. To be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) you have to take a test developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). When employed by a local government, CPAs typically make $41,000 a year (in 2000).

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