Accountants prepare financial statements, forecast budgets, and design and monitor internal controls. By applying accounting concepts, performing accounting functions and disclosing financial information, accountants help decision-makers reach appropriate determinations. The field of accounting includes cost, financial, fund management, tax and forensic accounting. Accountants may work for government entities or for public accounting firms.
Forensic accountants combine accounting knowledge with investigative skills in litigation support and other settings. Due to heightened awareness and growing intolerance of fraudulent activity, the demand for forensic accountants is higher than ever. Learn more.
Government accountants are employed at government, federal, state and local levels to ensure the proper use of taxpayer funds. Learn more.
Public or chartered accountants perform independent consultancy services for clients. They work for public accounting firms of varying sizes ranging from small, local accounting practices to larger international firms. Public or chartered accountants provide tax, audit, management and consulting services. Refer to the External Auditor section for more information about what public or chartered accountants do to prevent and detect fraud. Learn more.