Job Title – Accountant


Students Name

Institution of Affiliation


Job Title – Accountant


Develop, maintain and analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs

Prepare, examine or analyze accounting records, financial statements or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness and conformance to reporting and procedural standards

Review accounts for discrepancies and reconcile differences

Prepare adjusting journal entries

Establish tables of accounts and assign entries to proper accounts

Technology skills

Accounting software – fund accounting software, Intuit QuickBooks, Sage 50 Accounting and Tax software

Database user interface and query software- Data entry software, Best Software CPA Payroll, Yardi and Microsoft access

Enterprise resource planning ERP software- Microsoft Dynamics GP; NetSuite ERP; Oracle PeopleSoft Financials; SAP Business Objects

Financial analysis software- RSM McGladrey Auditor Assistant, Brentmark Estate Planning Quickview; Delphi Technology and Oracle E-Business Suite Financials

Tax preparation software- ATX total tax office, BNA Income Tax Planning Solutions; Intuit Lacerte and Orrtax Software IntelliTax Classic


Economics and accounting – Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data. Mathematics – Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Clerical – Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

English language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Law and government – Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process


Active listening – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Mathematics – Using mathematics to solve problems.

Reading comprehension – Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking – Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Mathematic reasoning – The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

Written comprehension – The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Deductive reasoning- The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Near vision – The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Number facility- The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

Work activities

Interacting with computers – Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Getting information – Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Communicating with supervisors, peers or subordinates –  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Documenting/ recording information- Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships- Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Detailed work activities

Examine financial records and processes –

Maintain data in information systems and databases

Analyze business and financial data

Examine the financial records

Prepare financial documents

Work content

Electronic mail- 99% responded “Every day.”

Importance of being exact or accurate – 92% responded “Extremely important.”

Telephone – 89% responded “Every day.”

Indoors, environmentally controlled – 91% responded “Every day.”

Structured vs unstructured work – 77% responded “A lot of freedom.”


Bachelor’s degree- 42% of respondents

Some college, no degree- 39% of respondents

Associate’s degree- 14% of respondents

Work styles

Attention to detail -Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Integrity- Job requires being honest and ethical.

Dependability- Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Analytical thinking – Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Cooperation- Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Work values

Achievement – Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Independence -Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Support- Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

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