Accountants & Auditors

Analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.

Job Outlook through 2028

Employment Current: 57,540
Employment Projected: 61,020
Percentage Change: 6.0%

Education/Training

  • Most accountant and auditor positions require at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Some employers prefer to hire applicants who have a master’s degree, either in accounting or in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

Sample Job Titles

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Manager
  • Accounting Officer
  • Accounting Supervisor
  • Business Analyst
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Cost Accountant
  • General Accountant
  • Project Accountant
  • Staff Accountant

Duties

  • Develop, maintain, and analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs.
  • Prepare, examine, or analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
  • Review accounts for discrepancies and reconcile differences.
  • Prepare adjusting journal entries.
  • Establish tables of accounts and assign entries to proper accounts.

Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $44,940
Average: $69,420
Experienced: $117,650