Mathematics — Using mathematics and statistics to solve problems.
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Active Listening — Paying attention to what other people are saying and taking time to understand the points being made.
Time Management — Allocating and budgeting one’s time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
Reading Comprehension —The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
Communication — Concise writing skills and ability to speak in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions effectively.
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
Analytical Skills — Ability to identify issues in documentation and suggest solutions.
Detail-oriented — Pay attention to detail when compiling and examining documentation.
Organizational Skills — Strong organizational skills are needed to develop specific goals, prioritize, and work with a range of financial documents for a variety of clients.
While a CPA license is not required in order to work as an accountant, it is important to know that every accountant who files reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is legally required to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Please see the “Career Spotlight” section to learn more about how to become a CPA.
There are also several certifications available in the accounting field, three of which are the Certified Management Accountant (CMA), the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). Below is a list of other available certifications. It is up to the student to determine which certification(s), if any, would be appropriate to pursue.
- Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) and Fundamental Payroll Certificate (FPC)
- Accredited Business Accountant
- Accredited Financial Examiner (AFE)
- Accredited Tax Advisor (ATA)
- Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP)
- Certified Bookkeeper (CB)
- Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA)
- Certified Forensic Accountant (Cr.FA)
- Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA)
- Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)
- Forensic Certified Public Accountant (FCPA)