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FINANCE CONSULTANT, HIGHER ED.: The Business World Is About Having Connections

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Nikki, a consultant at an accounting firm, works with government contractors at universities to figure out their financial and accounting needs. She decided to go into her field of work because she really enjoys working with finances. Since accounting is not very interesting for her, going into the consulting route was perfect because it offers more interesting and dynamic work.

Degree: Finance and Financial Management Services
Job Title: Finance Consultant
Employer: Baker Tilly

Job Summary: Accountants and Auditors

Job Description

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.

On-the-Job Training

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$40,000 - $110,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Organizational skills, Mathematical skills

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m='10950'>do</span> <span m='11380'>is</span> <span m='12060'>around</span> <span m='12490'>internal</span> <span m='12850'>audit</span> <span m='13390'>and</span> <span m='13580'>internal</span> <span m='14080'>controls</span> <span m='14930'>reviews.</span> </p><p><span m='16110'>We</span> <span m='16290'>work</span> <span m='16510'>with</span> <span m='16600'>a</span> <span m='16660'>lot</span> <span m='16850'>of</span> <span m='16950'>government</span> <span m='17280'>contractors</span> <span m='18890'>in</span> <span m='18970'>higher</span> <span m='19190'>education</span> <span m='19670'>institutions.</span> <span m='21060'>And</span> <span m='22120'>a</span> <span m='22210'>typical</span> <span m='22770'>engagement</span> <span m='23380'>would</span> <span m='23610'>include</span> <span m='24420'>interviewing</span> <span m='24910'>some</span> <span m='25070'>people</span> <span m='25720'>at</span> <span m='26380'>our</span> <span m='26610'>client</span> <span m='27550'>just</span> <span m='27740'>to</span> <span m='27880'>try</span> <span m='28090'>and</span> <span m='28160'>get</span> <span m='28250'>an</span> <span m='28310'>understanding</span> <span m='28820'>of</span> <span m='28930'>what</span> <span m='29380'>they</span> <span m='30030'>need,</span> <span m='30950'>what</span> <span m='31130'>their</span> <span m='31240'>business</span> <span m='31640'>need</span> <span m='31860'>is.</span> <span m='32210'>And</span> <span m='32509'>then</span> <span m='34100'>from</span> <span m='34280'>there</span> <span m='34470'>we</span> <span m='34570'>may</span> <span m='34750'>do</span> <span m='35510'>some</span> <span m='35670'>policy</span> <span m='36040'>reviews</span> <span m='36710'>or</span> <span m='37540'>different</span> <span m='37820'>testing;</span> <span m='38990'>it</span> <span m='39280'>just</span> <span m='39440'>depends</span> <span m='39890'>on</span> <span m='40100'>the</span> <span m='40190'>client</span> <span 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