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With a strong economy fuelling an appetite for more accountants across the country, now is the time to get ahead in your accounting career.

In today’s dynamic business environment, accountants are expected to look beyond the numbers and play a vital role in the decision-making process of every organisation. From emotional intelligence to effective communication, and data analytics, we’ve collated the most in-demand skills accountants need to succeed in our 20-page career guide.

Top accounting skills employers look for

  1. Digital technology and IT skills
  2. Data analytical skills to generate reports
  3. Strong written and verbal communication skills
  4. High emotional intelligence to create business relationships
  5. Possess a broad knowledge of the business environment

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Discover the essential skills accountants need to succeed, career opportunities, and industry trends in your free 20-page career guide.

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Accounting Jobs

From corporate accounting to government and not-for-profit – there are a variety of career paths available, across all industries. Depending on your interests, you can also choose to specialise in tax, healthcare and environmental accounting. Accounting can also serve as a launching pad for careers in business, consulting, law, education, government, and small-to-medium businesses.

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Practising accountant

Practising accountants prepare tax returns; keep accounting systems up-to-date; maintain financial records and advise on business structures.

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Tax accountant or adviser

Tax accountants and advisers compile tax returns, and also provide tax planning advice and strategies.

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Forensic accountant

Forensic accountants work in a corporate or regulatory environment to investigate fraud and similar crimes. Forensic accountants also provide evidence, and prepare forensic reports for courts.

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Business adviser

Business advisers work with businesses to analyse business plans and financial statements. Business advisers also advise on investments, marketing, funding and financial trends.

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Assurance risk consultant

Assurance & risk consultants ensure financial and operational integrity and compliance. Risk consultants also report on financial, operational & managerial processes and systems.

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Insolvency & reconstruction

Work with stakeholders in cases of financial distress & insolvency; administrations and liquidations; and restructure under-performing businesses and turnarounds.

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Management accountant

Management accountants assist senior management to make critical business decisions; prepare forecasts, budgets and risk analysis; and advise managers about the financial implications of business decisions.

Looking to make a career change?

It’s never too late to pursue your passion. If you’re looking for a new career, UniSA Online’s 100% online Accounting degree is a great place to start. This degree will give you the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for while giving you the flexibility to continue working while you study.

Want to upskill in your current role?

You may be working in clerical and administrative roles in the accounting profession and want to expand your skills to advance your career. This degree will complement your work experience, giving you a competitive edge to take the next step in your career.

People interested in studying an accounting degree can come from a range of roles including:

  • Accounting clerk
  • Bank worker
  • Bookkeeper
  • Auditing clerk
  • Company secretary
  • Credit and loan officer

Whatever your goals may be, studying online is a great option for people looking to upskill or launch their new career. Our 100% online Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) will equip you with the skills that employers are looking for, and will help you put your best foot forward in this growing industry.

Accounting requirements

To become a fully qualified accountant you need to be Chartered Accountant (CA) or Certified Practising Accounting (CPA) qualified. While you can commence working in an accounting role with an undergraduate degree, employers highly regard professionals with a CA and CPA qualification. UniSA Online graduates will be eligible to undertake the CA or CPA programs.

Study Accounting 100% online

Study with one of the largest leading providers of accounting and finance education in Australia and Asia. Build a strong foundation of accounting knowledge and develops your skills in business, taxation, auditing, law, finance and sustainability.

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Industry insight

The accounting profession is in an accelerating state of disruption. Technology and globalisation are the two biggest drivers, translating to a more competitive employment landscape. Professionals who possess digital technology skills and have the ability stay on top of industry trends are in high demand.

Chris Hooper
CEO Accodex

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