Accountant Kaikaute Pūtea

Accountants provide accounting services to companies, organisations and individuals. They prepare financial statements and forms, and advise clients on financial aspects of business.

Accountants may do some or all of the following:

  • prepare financial statements and reports for clients or company management
  • record the amount of money spent and received daily by clients or company management
  • develop, forecast and check budgets
  • prepare goods and services tax (GST) and other returns, such as surveys, pay as you earn (PAYE) and tax forms
  • advise on financial aspects of businesses such as budgets, tax and cashflows
  • review accounting procedures and analyse the financial performance of businesses
  • assist management with strategic planning and human resources.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for accountants includes:

  • accounts and auditing work
  • accounting software experience
  • work in offices and administration.

Personal Qualities

Accountants need to be:

  • methodical and accurate, with a good eye for detail
  • able to work well under pressure
  • honest and responsible
  • skilled in analysing and interpreting information
  • skilled in organising and planning
  • good problem solvers
  • good communicators and able to relate well to people.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for accountants includes:

  • accounts and auditing work
  • accounting software experience
  • work in offices and administration.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include accounting, business studies, economics, English and maths.

Accountants can earn around $55K-$90K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Accountant are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Accountants may move into senior management positions, such as finance manager, or auditor or financial adviser roles.

Accountants may specialise in accounting roles such as:

Financial Accountant
Financial accountants manage the finances of an organisation. They may prepare financial statements for the public, prepare taxation returns, and report on business costs, profit and productivity.
Management Accountant
Management accountants identify what financial information an organisation needs, give advice on financial planning and risks, and make reports to managers to help with decision-making.
Systems Accountant
Systems accountants review and identify issues with the performance of business IT systems. They work with IT teams to develop systems for business, and review and maintain financial system policies.
Taxation Accountant
Taxation accountants report and provide advice on taxation issues to organisations or individuals, prepare taxation returns and reports, and handle disputes with taxation authorities.
Accountant

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