Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records. They ensure that financial records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time. Accountants and auditors assess financial operations and work to help ensure that organizations run efficiently. Most accountants and auditors work full time. Some work more than 40 hours per week. Overtime hours are typical at certain times of the year, such as the end of the budget year or during tax season.
In addition to examining and preparing financial documentation, accountants and auditors must explain their findings. This includes preparing written reports and meeting face-to-face with organization managers and individual clients.
Many accountants and auditors specialize, depending on the particular organization they work for. Some work for organizations that specialize in assurance services (improving the quality or context of information for decisionmakers) or risk management (determining the probability of a misstatement on financial documentation). Other organizations specialize in certain industries, such as healthcare. For a detailed listing of different accounting functions, please see our list of job titles below.
Financial job functions differ slightly from those of accounting functions as they primarily focus on investments, stocks, and compliance with laws governing financial institutions and transactions. These roles review balance sheets, evaluate the risk level of loans, assess bank management, and assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.
Financial workers evaluate investment opportunities, perform risk assessments, and ensure consumer compliance. They evaluate the health of financial institutions, ensuring banks and other institutions offer safe loans and have enough cash on hand to manage unexpected losses. They monitor lending activity and ensure that borrowers are treated fairly. These roles require extensive knowledge of federal and state laws.
There are many job titles under the umbrella of finance, which can be found listed below along with our accounting job titles.
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