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List of Accounting Careers

Ishani Chatterjee Shukla
Do numbers beckon to you? Are you good with all matters concerning money and finances? If so, perhaps you should check out this list of accounting careers to get a load of various options that match your talent!

The pen is mightier than the sword, but no match for the accountant.

― Jonathan Glancey (British Journalist)
Well, I would say that is not too far from the practical truth! Indeed, a negligible juggling of numbers, an insignificant tampering of a couple of 0s and the entire financial picture of an undertaking can assume a drastically different look!
Well, sinister jokes apart, the term accounting includes a lot of different professions and career options which have one basic thing in common - the challenge of managing and manipulating financial figures!
Be it in the field of investments, stocks and shares, audit, cost analysis, tax planning, or public accounting, there is always a lot of opportunity for individuals who are driven my numbers and who have a penchant for managing money.
Talking about opportunity in this field, here's a list of accounting careers that you might want to take a look at if you're planning on taking a plunge into the ocean of balance sheets and intend to spend a good amount of time in exploring the depths of financial statements. Oh, and did I tell you that these jobs pay attractively?

List of Careers

The following list of careers includes profiles from a lot of different types of accounting careers that may range from drawing up, analyzing, investigating, and managing financial information to keeping vigilance over the same. Here is a list of various similar, related as well as diverse and unrelated options to choose from if money really does talk to you!
  • Financial Accountant
  • Management Accountant
  • Cost Accountant
  • Auditors
  • Actuaries
  • Tax Analysts
  • Tax Planning Executives
  • Loan Officers
  • Debt Planners
  • Budget Analysts
  • Brokerage Clerks
  • Cashiers
  • Claims Adjusters
  • Economist (needs to have a degree in economics, mathematics, and accounting or econometrics)
  • Debt Counselors
  • Financial Analysts
  • Investment Bankers
  • Investment Managers
  • Custodian Bankers
  • Reconciliation Analysts (this profile is common in investment and custodian banks as well as foreign exchange trading enterprises)
  • Insurance Sales Agents
  • Insurance Account Managers
  • Financial Services Officers and Sales Agents (the latter often being known as Relationship Officersor Acquisition Executives)
  • Insurance Underwriters
  • Valuation Officers/Executives (especially important for valuation of a company's stock or a company's net worth during time of dissolution or liquidation)
  • Securities and Commodities Sales Agents
  • Tax Inspectors
  • Revenue Agents
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Tax Auditors
  • Payroll Analyst
  • Cost Accounting Director
  • Investment Accountant
  • Foreign Exchange Analyst
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Planning for Corporates
  • Public Accounting Practices (you need to be a Certified Public Accountant to be eligible for these public practice profiles)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (you can either join or establish your own CA consulting services firm if you're a formally qualified CA)
  • Chartered Accountant (you can either join or establish your own CA consulting services firm if you're a formally qualified CA)
  • Accounts Research Analyst
  • Financial and Equity Researcher
  • Professor of Accounting (this is a well-paying position and most management schools are more than glad to offer this to well qualified individuals)
  • Government Accountant (yes, even the government needs these wizards to plan and manage all those budgets, national incomes and expenditures, debts and draw up annual balance of payments!)
  • Stock Market Executives
These careers involving accounting are pretty lucrative, especially so when you gain about a couple of years of experience in any of them. Well, here's a little something for you to ponder upon! Any idea,which is the most prestigious, lucrative, and imposing of all finance-and-accounting jobs in the world? Anyone?
Well, what do you think about the Finance Minister's (Secretary of the Treasury in the U.S.) profile? Is there any finance/accounting career which is more imposing, more lucrative, and involves more responsibility than that of the Finance Minister? However, it's an altogether different fact that not everyone can apply for this post!