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Tag44 Guide To Accounting Careers

Posted by tag44jobs on May 20, 2009

Any educated individual with an analytical understanding of finances can aspire to be an accountant. Interpersonal skills, ability to communicate and market awareness play a key role in understanding the complex and changing financial environment. Following are the different types of accounting careers given by Tag44:

Financial Accounting
This type is based on rules issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC). The work of the financial accountant is to make analytical observations that would influence the investment and credit decisions.

Public Accounting
This type of accounting is the most varied type and includes bookkeeping, account management and financial analysis for individuals, private businesses, public firms, government or NGOs, which are based either based nationally are internationally. A public accounting business can have one or more accountants and both certified and non-certified accountants can provide public accounting services to their clients by Tag44. A public accountant can also be involved in external auditing or forensic accounting. Public accounting involves analyzing historical financial data to check for any discrepancies such as money laundering, embezzlement, frauds and any other illegal financial transaction and draw it to the attention of the law enforcement authorities.

Government Accounting
This form of public accounting is specific to government agencies and ensures all revenues and expenditure are in accordance to law. The conventional accounting methods of double entry system in ledgers and journals are used here at Tag44. Government accounting is differentiated from other types of accounting in respect of providing service that is not profit based but service based. Government accountants are employed by the federal government, either as a part of the IRS or any other budget or asset management division.

National Income Accounting
This type of accounting is predominantly for the government and is responsible for providing the general public the data with reference to the gross national product about all market-related information, such as the value of the country’s goods and services provided and its purchasing power.

Management Accounting
Accountants who specialize in this type of accounting are also known as private, industrial or corporate accountants. Management accountants provide their services to business houses for recording and studying the company’s financial data. Their portfolio in the private firms includes cost and asset management, budgeting and performance evaluation. This is more on the basis of employer-employee relation. They also perform internal audit to review the company financial management practices and keep an in eye for any mismanagement and fraud. The accountants who perform these audits have specializations in, compliance auditing, information technology auditing or environmental auditing.

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