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Organizations of all types need to manage their finances, regardless of industry, be it for profit, nonprofit or government. Many employers look to hire experienced accountants to handle their fiscal responsibilities and details. Accountants are vital in both the day-to-day and the long-term activities of any business or agency. If your organization is in need of an expert to manage your financial duties, our staffing agency can help you to find a professional to fill this role.

Accountant Definition

Accountants typically have a busy workday. Common tasks accountants handle on a daily basis include maintaining daily ledgers and balance sheets, overseeing payroll, creating sales and cash flow reports, setting up and managing budgets, and performing inventory recordkeeping. Other responsibilities a professional accountant handles typically include filing taxes, paying bills and managing credit. If a report is needed for audit, or documentation is needed to ensure the organization is meeting legislative requirements (i.e. SOX or Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act), the accountant will ensure accurate and detailed reports are generated to demonstrate the organization is compliant with any required practices or paperwork. Generating monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports also fall into the realm of duties an accountant routinely performs. 

Accountant Qualifications

To become an accountant, specific criteria must be met in order to qualify for this type of position. Aside from holding a bachelor’s degree in accounting, the applicant should have passed the certified public accountant (CPA) exam. Most employers also require an accountant to have several years of previous accounting experience. Other qualifications our staffing agency recommends a candidate possess includes: 

  • Skilled in accounting software, such as Quickbooks or Microsoft Excel
  • Knowledge of standard Microsoft software
  • Have full understanding of GAAP
  • Possess strong analytical skills
  • Be a highly organized and detail-oriented person
  • Is able to work independently or in a team environment