How to Become an Accountant

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FNS60215Monarch InstituteAdvanced Diploma of Accounting

Work towards your goals and go further in your accounting career with this online Advanced Diploma of Accounting (FNS60215).

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FNS60217Mentor EducationAdvanced Diploma of Accounting

Build your specialist accounting and business knowledge with the Advanced Diploma of Accounting (FNS60217) from Mentor Education. Learn about governance, statistical analysis, legal principles and financial reporting.

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 Swinburne OnlineBachelor of Accounting

Build in-demand business skills to help solve problems with this online Bachelor of Accounting course from Swinburne Online.

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 Swinburne OnlineBachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance)

Take the first step in an exciting career tacking strategic financial problems with this online Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance) course. 

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 Swinburne OnlineBachelor of Business (Finance)

Take the first step in an exciting, dynamic career in the global finance sector by studying this Bachelor of Business (Finance) course. 

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 Swinburne OnlineBachelor of Business With a Major in Accounting

As an industry accredited course, studying the Bachelor of Business With a Major in Accounting will make you a qualified accountant.

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 Swinburne OnlineBachelor of Business With a Major in Business Administration

Taught and designed by leading business professionals, the Bachelor of Business With a Major in Business Administration delivers a practical and comprehensive course in business management.

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 Torrens University AustraliaBachelor of Commerce

Take your first step in an exciting business career by studying this Bachelor of Commerce course. 

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BSB30115UpskilledCertificate III in Business

This online Certificate III in Business (BSB30115) course will train students to perform core business operations and be effective employees in the workplace.

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FNS40217Monarch InstituteCertificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Build vital accounting skills and become a certified bookkeeper with this Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217) from Monarch Institute. 

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FNS40215Open CollegesCertificate IV in Bookkeeping

Studying a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215) course online will give you a thorough understanding of the financial industry and the role of bookkeeping in a business.

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FNS50217Monarch InstituteDiploma of Accounting

Take the next step in your accounting career with this online Diploma of Accounting (FNS50217) from Monarch Institute and achieve your goals.

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BSB50215Open CollegesDiploma of Business

Gain the fundamental skills and knowledge required to fast-track a successful career in business with the online Diploma of Business (BSB50215) course from Open Colleges.

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 Edith Cowan UniversityMaster of Professional Accounting

Build your accountancy, taxation and finance know-how with this comprehensive Master of Professional Accounting from Edith Cowan University. 

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Definition of Accountant

Accountants assess and describe the financial health of a company, organisation or individual using numbers, financial statements and their skills and knowledge of maths, law and taxation.

They can be employed by an accounting firm, a large business with it’s own accounting division or may set up their own practice and work for individuals, helping them with financial decisions, tax returns and other money related concerns.



Working within a company an Accountant monitors and records the movement of money, analysing profits and losses to provide the information needed to evaluate the financial state of the organisation. They are also responsible for performing functions such as audits, tax returns and statement analysis as well as verifying the accuracy of of all monetary transactions to ensure their legality and compliance with current guidelines.

What are the responsibilities of an Accountant ?

  • Formulating budgeting and accounting policies.
  • Carrying out financial investigations, audits and profit and loss analyses
  • Liaising with brokers and financial institutes in order to provide funds management plans.
  • Preparing tax returns for companies, organisations and/or individuals.
  • Monitoring operating costs, income and expenditure.
  • Presenting financial statements and reports regarding taxation, sale of business, capital financing, suspected fraud, insolvency and financial risk assessment.
  • Maintaining accounting books and advising on application of accounting systems and software.
  • Providing tax and financial advice relating to business plans, structures and operations.
  • Ensuring financial and taxation compliance with statutory requirements and governing bodies.

Career Outlook for Accountant

The average age of people working as is 38 with 51.80% of them being male. 80.60% of are employed full-time and they typically work around 39.6 hours per week.

 

Unemployment is below average and, with A Bachelor Degree or higher, the average Community Worker can earn around $1,400 per week Before Tax. In 2015 there were 188,100 working and the future growth of the profession is predicted to be strong, with numbers around 219,300 in 2020.