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How to become an Accountant

avg. starting salary

An Accountant’s main role is to prepare a business’ accounts, which can then be used to give an overview of their financial status. By tracking all of a company’s financial transactions, any irregularities or risks can be reported, and the business can plan better moving forward.

Although specific responsibilities vary from industry to industry, the role of an Accountant will usually include the following:

  • Tracking and examining company income and expenditure
  • Running payroll, and conducting audits
  • Identifying and investigating financial risks or irregularities (including losses or suspected fraud)
  • Giving advice on budgeting and making recommendations on how to increase profit
  • Calculating tax owed and filing tax returns

The success of an Accountant is heavily dependent on their numerical ability. You will need to have a passion for mathematics, and a close attention to detail. You will also be able to work well under pressure, especially when approaching financial deadlines.

Other key skills and attributes include:

  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Financial acumen
  • Good organisational skills
  • A natural flair for problem-solving
  • An excellent understanding of accounting principles



Up to £35,000

Finance Manager

Up to £50,000

Finance Director

Up to £100,000

"I always excelled at Maths at school, so I knew that I wanted to go into a career that was numbers-based. The best thing about being an Accountant is the respect the position comes with. Your decisions and recommendations are extremely important to the business, and I feel like my job is a vital part of the process."

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