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Analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.

    Work Activities
    • Maintain or examine the records of government agencies.
    • Develop, maintain, and analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs.
    • Prepare, examine, or analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
    • Prepare adjusting journal entries.
    • Review accounts for discrepancies and reconcile differences.
    • Establish tables of accounts and assign entries to proper accounts.
    • Compute taxes owed and prepare tax returns, ensuring compliance with payment, reporting, or other tax requirements.
    • Advise clients in areas such as compensation, employee health care benefits, the design of accounting or data processing systems, or long-range tax or estate plans.
    • Represent clients before taxing authorities and provide support during litigation involving financial issues.
    • Analyze business operations, trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations to project future revenues and expenses or to provide advice.
    • Report to management regarding the finances of establishment.
    • Develop, implement, modify, and document recordkeeping and accounting systems, making use of current computer technology.
    • Provide internal and external auditing services for businesses or individuals.
    • Advise management about issues such as resource utilization, tax strategies, and the assumptions underlying budget forecasts.
    • Prepare forms and manuals for accounting and bookkeeping personnel and direct their work activities.
    • Appraise, evaluate, and inventory real property and equipment, recording information such as the description, value, and location of property.
    • Survey operations to ascertain accounting needs and to recommend, develop, or maintain solutions to business and financial problems.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Mathematics

      Using mathematics to solve problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    6
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Mathematical Reasoning

      The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge
    • Economics and Accounting

      Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Clerical

      Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $64,630/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $31.07/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 47,430
    • Yearly Projected Openings 4,480
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Cooperation
    • Persistence
    Tools
    • Tablet computers
    • Scanners
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Desktop computers
    Technology
    • Tax preparation software
    • Financial analysis software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Accounting software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.