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Accountants play a vital role in the operation of businesses, corporations and governments, helping these entities manage their financial records. For a versatile and truly timeless career path, look no further than Accounting.

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70% of accountants are happy in their chosen field

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The top 10% of accountants earn more than $115,950 a year

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Accounting is an equal playing field - 52% of Accounting majors are female

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Accounting jobs are expected to increase by 11% by 2024

Accounting is a critical component of businesses and organisations, with accountants working to ensure financial records are meticulously kept and that the correct taxes are paid. Accountants provide an overview of how a business is tracking financially, which then informs the company’s annual reports, legal filings and future endeavours.

Studying Accounting can open up a huge number of doors, whether that’s working for an investment bank in London or helping small businesses in your community get off the ground.
In most Accounting courses, you can expect to go over accounting theory, business administration schemes and even some business law. You’ll learn how to prepare documents like financial statements, tax returns and business proposals as well as gain an understanding of finance, quantitative analytics and maths. This means an Accounting course can actually open up a variety of career pathways in finance, banking, business and beyond.

Working in the Accounting field is great for routine-focused and detail-oriented people. Generally, accountants are avid problem solvers - they love crunching numbers and correcting errors to ensure flawless results. As an accountant, you’ll also have to be okay with working a 9-5 desk job, as well as potentially working overtime during tax season.

Finding your true calling is possible by choosing a specialisation. This might include tax, investments or even something called forensic accounting!
Most accountants hold a Bachelor of Accounting, while some have two-year certificates or diplomas. It’s also possible to complete a postgraduate qualification like a Master of Professional Accounting if you already have previous tertiary qualifications - the perfect pick for career changers.

Accounting degrees can cost upwards of $30,000 depending on how prestigious your chosen institution is. A two-year course can be a great way of saving money, but just make sure to research the job prospects that people with shorter degrees have in your area. If the market is competitive, a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree may be necessary.

You’ll also have to factor in the cost of any certifications or registrations you need to legally practice in the country you intend to work in.
Accounting is a stable career path with a strong job outlook. This is because accountants will always be in demand, particularly as entrepreneurship grows and more businesses pop up every day. In the US alone, accounting jobs are expected to grow by 10-11% by 2026, which equates to 139,900 jobs.

The rise of technology also means that many tedious accounting tasks can be automated and that accountants will be needed for the nitty gritty work instead. This might mean keeping on top of changing tax policies, leading teams, setting up proactive accounting processes, and meeting data security challenges.
As mentioned, there’s a great deal of diversity and choice within the accounting field. From government jobs to global accounting firms and even working for yourself, your career path as an accountant is in your hands.

Auditor


If you like going over everything with a fine-tooth comb, you might want to consider a career in auditing. Most auditors work as external experts, going into companies to analyse their finances, assess their practices and finalise their reports. Some organisations may also hire in-house auditors. To become an auditor, you’ll need a Bachelor of Accounting and also be appropriately certified and registered.

Bookkeeper


As the name suggests, bookkeepers maintain a company's books (i.e. their financial records). This might include paying bills on behalf of the business, monitoring accounts and tracking transactions. This is an ideal position for those without a degree or with previous experience in something like data entry, as it’s possible to work your way up the ranks as a bookkeeper.

Forensic Accountant


If you love a good mystery, a career as a forensic accountant could fit you to a tee. Forensic accountants are responsible for detecting financial crimes such as embezzlement or fraud or analysing financial information in court. Large organisations will typically look to hire forensic accountants to ensure everything’s done by the books. To become a forensic accountant, you’ll need an accounting degree and professional registration.

Tax Accountant


If you’re detail-oriented and interested in maximising your clients’ profits, a career as a tax accountant could be for you. As a tax accountant, you’ll be responsible for filing tax returns and managing the financial records of individuals and/or companies. If working with individuals, you’ll assist them with correctly completing their paperwork and provide advice on how they can legally reduce the amount of tax they need to pay. For an even bigger challenge, consider specialising in corporate tax.

Project Accountant


Looking for an accounting role that’s a little outside of the box? Project accounting could be a good fit. In this role, you’ll be responsible for the accounts of individual projects, collecting and analysing data around the project’s progress and financial performance. This role is particularly appealing to those who wish to work for themselves as it’s possible to work on a contract or freelance basis. To get started, you’ll need a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting as well as appropriate certification.

Top Accounting courses

Top Universities to study Accounting

Navitas Ltd

Navitas Ltd

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AIH Higher Education

AIH Higher Education

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La Trobe University Sydney Campus

La Trobe University Sydney Campus

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The University of Wollongong DUBAI

The University of Wollongong DUBAI

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Monash University Malaysia

Monash University Malaysia

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The University of New England

The University of New England

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Canberra Institute of Technology

Canberra Institute of Technology

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Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt University

THE ranking: 801

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Box Hill Institute

Box Hill Institute

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Bond University

Bond University

THE ranking: 501

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Holmesglen

Holmesglen

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Government Education and Training International-Tasmania

Government Education and Training International-Tasmania

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Monash University

Monash University

THE ranking: 57

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TAFE Western Australia

TAFE Western Australia

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Holmes Institute

Holmes Institute

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Macquarie University

Macquarie University

THE ranking: 192

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Federation University Australia

Federation University Australia

THE ranking: 601

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The University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales

THE ranking: 70

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University of Wollongong

University of Wollongong

THE ranking: 201

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University of Technology Sydney

University of Technology Sydney

THE ranking: 143

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The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland

THE ranking: 54

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La Trobe University

La Trobe University

THE ranking: 201

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The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle

THE ranking: 251

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Deakin University

Deakin University

THE ranking: 251

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The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney

THE ranking: 58

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Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology

THE ranking: 301

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Flinders University

Flinders University

THE ranking: 251

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James Cook University

James Cook University

THE ranking: 251

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University of South Australia

University of South Australia

THE ranking: 301

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The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne

THE ranking: 33

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Victoria University

Victoria University

THE ranking: 401

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The Australian National University

The Australian National University

THE ranking: 54

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Murdoch University

Murdoch University

THE ranking: 501

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The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide

THE ranking: 111

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Kent Institute Australia

Kent Institute Australia

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Stott's College

Stott's College

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Sydney Business and Travel Academy

Sydney Business and Travel Academy

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CQUniversity Australia

CQUniversity Australia

THE ranking: 801

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University of Canberra

University of Canberra

THE ranking: 170

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Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology

THE ranking: 193

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Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University

THE ranking: 501

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The University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia

THE ranking: 132

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Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University

THE ranking: 401

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Curtin University

Curtin University

THE ranking: 251

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The University of Southern Queensland

The University of Southern Queensland

THE ranking: 401

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TAFE NSW Institutes

TAFE NSW Institutes

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University of Tasmania (UTAS)

University of Tasmania (UTAS)

THE ranking: 301

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Griffith University

Griffith University

THE ranking: 201

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UTS College

UTS College

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Melbourne Polytechnic

Melbourne Polytechnic

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Chisholm Institute of TAFE

Chisholm Institute of TAFE

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Kangan Institute

Kangan Institute

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Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University

THE ranking: 601

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Australian Pacific College

Australian Pacific College

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Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University

THE ranking: 201

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International College of Management, Sydney

International College of Management, Sydney

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Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University

THE ranking: 251

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Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT)

Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT)

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University of the Sunshine Coast

University of the Sunshine Coast

THE ranking: 601

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International Institute of Business & Information Technology (IIBIT)

International Institute of Business & Information Technology (IIBIT)

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Sunraysia Institute of TAFE

Sunraysia Institute of TAFE

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Sydney School of Business and Technology

Sydney School of Business and Technology

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Baxter Institute

Baxter Institute

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Academies Australasia Polytechnic Pty Limited

Academies Australasia Polytechnic Pty Limited

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Ozford College of Business

Ozford College of Business

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Kaplan Business School

Kaplan Business School

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Imagine Education Australia

Imagine Education Australia

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Monash Professional Pathways

Monash Professional Pathways

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CIC Higher Education

CIC Higher Education

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King's Own Institute

King's Own Institute

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Torrens University Australia

Torrens University Australia

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Western Sydney University - Sydney City Campus

Western Sydney University - Sydney City Campus

THE ranking: 201

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Ozford Institute of Higher Education

Ozford Institute of Higher Education

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Conestoga College

Conestoga College

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Lincoln University

Lincoln University

THE ranking: 501

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Auckland University of Technology

Auckland University of Technology

THE ranking: 201

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The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato

THE ranking: 401

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Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington

THE ranking: 501

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Wellington Institute of Technology

Wellington Institute of Technology

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Massey University

Massey University

THE ranking: 601

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Unitec New Zealand Limited

Unitec New Zealand Limited

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University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury

THE ranking: 501

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Ara Institute of Canterbury Limited

Ara Institute of Canterbury Limited

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Manukau Institute of Technology

Manukau Institute of Technology

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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

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The University of Otago

The University of Otago

THE ranking: 201

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Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

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Waikato Institute of Technology

Waikato Institute of Technology

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Otago Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic

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Southern Institute of Technology

Southern Institute of Technology

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The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland

THE ranking: 137

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Educo Southern Cross University - Perth

Educo Southern Cross University - Perth

THE ranking: 601

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Educo Southern Cross University - Melbourne

Educo Southern Cross University - Melbourne

THE ranking: 601

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Eastern Institute of Technology

Eastern Institute of Technology

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The University of Notre Dame Australia

The University of Notre Dame Australia

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Educo Southern Cross University - Sydney

Educo Southern Cross University - Sydney

THE ranking: 601

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Academies Australasia

Academies Australasia

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Murdoch University Dubai

Murdoch University Dubai

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TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland

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Education Centre of Australia (ECA)

Education Centre of Australia (ECA)

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Western Institute of Technology

Western Institute of Technology

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Canterbury Institute of Management

Canterbury Institute of Management

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James Cook University Brisbane (Operated by Russo Higher Education)

James Cook University Brisbane (Operated by Russo Higher Education)

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Red Deer Polytechnic

Red Deer Polytechnic

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Aspire Institute

Aspire Institute

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Stanley College

Stanley College

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Swinburne University of Technology - Sarawak Campus

Swinburne University of Technology - Sarawak Campus

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Reach Community College

Reach Community College

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Australia Institute of Business & Technology

Australia Institute of Business & Technology

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RMIT University

RMIT University

THE ranking: 301

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James Cook University - Singapore

James Cook University - Singapore

THE ranking: 251

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