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FINANCE CONSULTANT, HIGHER ED., IN-DEPTH: It's A Very Dynamic Job

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Nikki, a consultant at an accounting firm, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and her work-life balance. She loves how dynamic her job can be because she gets to work with different project teams as well as clients, and she's also at client sites quite often, so she isn't doing the same thing everyday.

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

None

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='12200'>different</span> <span m='12480'>clients.</span> <span m='13550'>So</span> <span m='14030'>I'm</span> <span m='14350'>constantly</span> <span m='14820'>either</span> <span m='16140'>in the</span> <span m='16350'>office</span> <span m='16850'>or</span> <span m='17020'>a</span> <span m='17150'>lot</span> <span m='17340'>of</span> <span m='17400'>times</span> <span m='17660'>I</span> <span m='17720'>go out</span> <span m='17980'>to</span> <span m='18070'>client</span> <span m='18400'>sites.</span> <span m='18750'>So</span> <span m='18860'>that's</span> <span m='19170'>nice.</span> <span m='19460'>It</span> <span m='19560'>kind</span> <span m='19740'>of</span> <span m='19980'>changes</span> <span m='20440'>things</span> <span m='20750'>up.</span> </p><p><span m='21900'>Something</span> <span m='22230'>that's</span> <span m='22450'>challenging</span> <span m='23060'>about</span> <span m='23290'>my</span> <span m='23430'>job</span> <span m='23850'>is</span> <span 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m='35450'>to</span> <span m='35550'>pull</span> <span m='35800'>some</span> <span m='36120'>late</span> <span m='36340'>hours.</span> <span m='36920'>But</span> <span m='37890'>it's</span> <span m='38120'>pretty</span> <span m='38320'>flexible</span> <span m='38870'>for</span> <span m='39000'>the</span> <span m='39090'>most</span> <span m='39330'>part.</span> </p><p><span m='40500'>Is</span> <span m='40620'>it</span> <span m='40690'>hard</span> <span m='40910'>to</span> <span m='41000'>get</span> <span m='41130'>a</span> <span m='41180'>job</span> <span m='41530'>in</span> <span m='41660'>this</span> <span m='41910'>field?</span> <span m='42480'>I</span> <span m='42870'>would</span> <span m='43020'>say</span> <span m='43170'>it</span> <span m='43250'>depends.</span> <span m='44010'>We</span> <span m='44270'>look</span> <span m='44450'>for</span> <span m='44590'>primarily</span> <span m='45190'>Finance</span> <span m='45760'>and</span> <span m='45850'>Accounting</span> <span 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