Accounting and Finance

Key Role

Accounting and finance workers are responsible for financial documents, forecasts, reports, direct investment activities, financial analysis strategies, balance sheets, loans, payroll, auditing, bookkeeping and other financial transactions. Knowledge of computer programs is essential in today's market. Individuals in the accounting and finance role need to keep up-to-date on the latest technology in order to increase the efficiency of their firms financial operations.

Quick Facts

  • Median Pay: $61,000-$64,000 per year
  • Minimum Education: Industry Certifications(CPA or CMA) or Bachelor's Degree (recommended not required)
  • Careers available in many industries (hospitality, corporate, government, etc)

Job-Related Tasks

  • Prepare and examine financial records
  • Ensure organizations run efficiently by assessing financial operations
  • Determine taxes owed, pay taxes, and prepare tax returns
  • Make sure all financial records are accurate
  • Actively find ways to enhance revenues and reduce costs

Personal Characteristics and Talents

  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Detail Oriented
  • Math Skills
  • Organizational Skills

Recommended Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in computer science, information systems, or related field (Recommended not required)
  • Experience in related field

Career Opportunities

  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Auditor
  • Loan Officer

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Accountants and Auditors, on the Internet at (visited March 26, 2014).

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LearnKey Learning Path

Our prescribed Accounting and Finance career ready series is a well balanced blend of Industry leading certification prep and professional development. Included in the Accounting and Finance series are LearnKey Certified courses that will prepare individuals for a successful career in accounting and finance, as well as courses designed to assist in the personal development of each learner.

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Technical Development Courses:

Estimated training hours*: 87

Personal Development Courses:

Estimated training hours*: 17

*Estimated time includes viewing hours only and does not include test prep or certification exams