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TAX ACCOUNTANT - CPA, IN-DEPTH: They Are Almost Like Family

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This CPA describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. With her job, she has job security, good compensation, a passion for the work, and great coworkers. What more could she ask for?

Degree: Economics - Accounting
Job Title: Tax Accountant, CPA

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
Indoor, Office, Hospital / Clinic, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills, Organizational skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills
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It's</span> <span m='3870'>very</span> <span m='4140'>cliche.</span> </p><p><span m='5260'>But</span> <span m='5650'>it</span> <span m='6130'>truly</span> <span m='6660'>can</span> <span m='6810'>make</span> <span m='7130'>or</span> <span m='7230'>break</span> <span m='7830'>your</span> <span m='8000'>job,</span> <span m='9230'>because</span> <span m='9430'>you're</span> <span m='9650'>spending</span> <span m='10130'>40</span> <span m='10540'>plus</span> <span m='10850'>hours</span> <span m='11100'>a</span> <span m='11140'>week</span> <span m='11320'>with</span> <span m='11460'>these people.</span> <span m='11930'>You</span> <span m='12010'>need</span> <span m='12180'>to</span> <span m='12270'>like</span> <span m='12520'>them.</span> <span m='12690'>And</span> <span m='12780'>I'm</span> <span m='12880'>fortunate</span> <span m='13390'>to</span> <span m='13460'>work</span> <span m='13660'>with</span> <span m='13780'>a</span> <span m='13830'>lot</span> <span m='14010'>of</span> <span m='14080'>really</span> <span m='14320'>wonderful</span> <span m='14780'>people</span> <span m='15030'>that</span> <span m='15150'>I</span> <span m='15425'>truly--</span> <span m='15700'>some</span> <span m='15900'>of</span> <span m='15950'>them</span> <span m='16090'>I</span> <span m='16170'>really</span> <span m='16440'>love</span> <span m='16650'>and</span> <span m='16790'>consider</span> <span m='17055'>almost</span> <span m='17320'>like</span> <span m='17550'>family.</span> </p><p><span m='19550'>One</span> <span m='19760'>thing</span> <span m='19960'>I</span> <span m='20050'>don't</span> <span m='20450'>like--</span> <span m='22041'>I don't know.</span> <span m='22430'>There</span> <span m='22870'>are</span> <span m='22920'>few</span> <span m='23420'>things</span> <span m='23760'>in</span> <span m='23850'>my</span> <span m='24000'>job</span> <span m='24390'>that</span> <span m='24500'>can</span> <span m='24660'>be</span> <span m='24810'>a</span> <span m='24850'>little</span> <span m='25730'>tedious</span> <span m='26380'>and</span> <span m='26520'>monotonous.</span> <span m='27410'>That's</span> <span m='27750'>not the</span> <span m='28060'>every</span> <span m='28390'>day,</span> <span m='28650'>but</span> <span m='28800'>there</span> <span m='28980'>are</span> <span m='29070'>things.</span> </p><p><span m='29700'>Tax,</span> <span m='30020'>you</span> <span m='30410'>have</span> <span m='30520'>to</span> <span m='30620'>make</span> <span m='31020'>certain</span> <span m='31320'>filing</span> <span m='31750'>deadlines.</span> <span m='32270'>So</span> <span m='32390'>there</span> <span m='33110'>are</span> <span m='33310'>certain</span> <span m='33680'>things</span> <span m='34080'>that</span> <span m='34180'>are</span> <span m='34320'>a</span> <span m='34370'>little</span> <span m='35450'>repetitive,</span> <span m='36400'>but</span> <span m='36630'>that's</span> <span m='36850'>maybe</span> <span m='37140'>only</span> <span m='37320'>about</span> <span m='37530'>20%</span> <span m='37760'>percent</span> <span m='38110'>of</span> <span m='38250'>my</span> <span m='38400'>job,</span> <span m='39310'>so</span> <span m='39700'>not</span> <span m='39900'>too</span> <span m='40010'>bad.</span> </p><p><span m='40730'>My</span> <span m='41000'>key</span> <span m='41060'>decision</span> <span m='41790'>to</span> <span m='41900'>follow</span> <span m='42130'>this</span> <span m='42600'>path</span> <span m='42900'>was</span> <span m='43340'>to</span> <span m='44200'>find</span> <span m='44410'>a</span> <span m='44450'>job</span> <span m='44730'>where</span> <span m='44850'>I</span> <span m='44880'>could</span> <span m='45040'>be</span> <span m='45180'>compensated</span> <span m='46150'>pretty</span> <span m='46420'>well</span> <span m='47130'>and</span> <span m='47310'>also</span> <span m='47760'>have</span> <span m='48220'>job</span> <span m='48810'>security</span> <span m='49760'>for</span> <span m='49930'>my</span> <span m='50070'>life.</span> <span m='50560'>And</span> <span m='50750'>so</span> <span m='50860'>that's</span> <span m='51170'>worked</span> <span m='51490'>out.</span> <span m='51760'>But</span> <span m='51880'>as</span> <span m='52000'>a</span> <span m='52050'>bonus,</span> <span m='52450'>I</span> <span m='52550'>also</span> <span m='52850'>love</span> <span m='53000'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='54880'>Is</span> <span m='55060'>it</span> <span m='55150'>hard</span> <span m='55420'>to</span> <span m='55460'>get</span> <span m='55600'>a</span> <span m='55660'>job</span> <span m='55950'>in</span> <span m='56040'>the</span> <span m='56130'>field?</span> <span m='57640'>I</span> <span m='57830'>think</span> <span m='58190'>if</span> <span m='58470'>you</span> <span m='58900'>are a</span> <span m='59230'>student</span> <span m='59710'>who</span> <span m='59940'>has</span> <span m='60570'>good</span> <span m='60800'>grades</span> <span m='62160'>and</span> <span m='62660'>you</span> <span m='62800'>do</span> <span m='62970'>well</span> <span m='63230'>on</span> <span m='63320'>the</span> <span m='63360'>CPA</span> <span m='63870'>exam,</span> <span m='65060'>it's</span> <span m='65269'>not</span> <span m='65640'>that</span> <span m='65800'>hard</span> <span m='66040'>to</span> <span m='66080'>get</span> <span m='66220'>a</span> <span m='66290'>job</span> <span m='66580'>in</span> <span m='66660'>this</span> <span m='66760'>field.</span> <span m='68700'>The</span> <span m='69070'>best</span> <span m='69360'>way</span> <span m='69490'>to</span> <span m='69570'>get</span> <span m='69790'>started</span> <span m='70480'>after</span> <span m='70840'>you're</span> <span m='71050'>finished</span> <span m='71315'>with</span> <span m='71580'>school</span> <span m='71970'>is</span> <span m='72100'>to</span> <span m='72220'>go</span> <span m='72550'>to</span> <span m='72810'>a</span> <span m='72930'>Big</span> <span m='73160'>Four</span> <span m='73620'>or a</span> <span m='73850'>regional</span> <span m='74230'>accounting</span> <span m='74670'>firm.</span> </p><p><span m='75340'>And</span> <span m='75510'>they're</span> <span m='75690'>always</span> <span m='76170'>looking</span> <span m='76520'>for</span> <span m='76810'>entry</span> <span m='77210'>level</span> <span m='77500'>talent.</span> <span m='78410'>So</span> <span m='78780'>that</span> <span m='79060'>part</span> <span m='79300'>is</span> <span m='79420'>not</span> <span m='79670'>difficult</span> <span m='80250'>as</span> <span m='80360'>long</span> <span m='80630'>as</span> <span m='80720'>you</span> <span m='80830'>have</span> <span m='81250'>the</span> <span m='81330'>correct</span> <span m='82460'>background,</span> <span m='83010'>and</span> <span m='83080'>they</span> <span m='83160'>can</span> <span m='83360'>see</span> <span m='83760'>that</span> <span m='83890'>you're</span> <span m='84060'>motivated.</span> 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