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Overview

All Accountants

  • $1,660 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 195,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 52% female Gender Share

Accountants provide services relating to financial reporting, taxation, auditing, insolvency, accounting information systems, budgeting, cost management, planning and decision-making by organisations and individuals; and provide advice on associated compliance and performance requirements to ensure statutory and strategic governance.

The minimum qualification is a diploma of accounting, however, the majority of Accountants complete a bachelor degree in accounting or a related field majoring in accounting.

Tasks
  • assisting in formulating budgetary and accounting policies
  • preparing financial statements for presentation to boards of directors, management, shareholders, and governing and statutory bodies
  • conducting financial investigations, preparing reports, undertaking audits and advising on matters such as the purchase and sale of businesses, mergers, capital financing, suspected fraud, insolvency and taxation
  • examining operating costs and organisations' income and expenditure
  • providing assurance about the accuracy of information contained in financial reports and their compliance with statutory requirements
  • providing financial and taxation advice on business structures, plans and operations
  • preparing taxation returns for individuals and organisations
  • liaising with financial institutions and brokers to establish funds management arrangements
  • introducing and maintaining accounting systems, and advising on the selection and application of computer-based accounting systems
  • maintaining internal control systems
  • may appraise cash flow and financial risk of capital investment projects

Prospects

Pathways

The minimum qualification is a diploma of accounting, however, the majority of Accountants complete a bachelor degree in accounting or a related field majoring in accounting.

Registration with one of Australia's three peak accounting bodies is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

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Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Accountants who can connect with others, communicate clearly and are well presented.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Economics and accounting

    79% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  2. Clerical

    76% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  3. Mathematics

    70% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Computers and electronics

    62% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Customer and personal service

    60% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  6. Administration and management

    57% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  7. English language

    52% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  8. Personnel and human resources

    46% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  9. Law and government

    43% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  10. Communications and media

    30% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  11. Sales and marketing

    28% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  12. Education and training

    28% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  13. Production and processing

    26% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  14. Public safety and security

    24% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  15. Psychology

    20% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  16. Transportation

    18% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  17. Telecommunications

    17% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  18. Foreign language

    12% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  19. Sociology and anthropology

    12% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  20. Technical design

    8% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    55% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  3. Reading comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Active listening

    52% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  5. Speaking

    52% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Judgment and decision making

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  7. Systems analysis

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  8. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  9. Active learning

    48% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  10. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  11. Complex problem solving

    46% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  12. Operations analysis

    46% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  13. Systems evaluation

    45% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  14. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  16. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  17. Time management

    41% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  18. Negotiation

    41% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  19. Learning strategies

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    37% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Working with numbers

    63% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  2. Oral expression

    61% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Written comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  5. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  6. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  7. Problem spotting

    55% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  8. Deductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  9. Near vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  10. Categorising

    54% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Sorting or ordering

    52% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  12. Inductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  13. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  14. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  15. Selective attention

    39% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    39% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  17. Perceptual speed

    39% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  18. Brainstorming

    37% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  19. Finger dexterity

    37% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  20. Multitasking

    34% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Planning and prioritising work

    78% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    77% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Building good relationships

    70% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  4. Checking compliance with standards

    69% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  5. Researching and investigating

    69% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  6. Making sense of information and ideas

    68% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    68% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Communicating within a team

    66% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    63% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  10. Providing office support

    61% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  11. Communicating with the public

    60% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Looking for changes over time

    60% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  13. Working with computers

    56% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  14. Giving expert advice

    53% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  15. Coordinating the work of a team

    53% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  16. Explaining things to people

    52% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  17. Documenting or recording information

    52% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  18. Scheduling work and activities

    51% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  19. Thinking creatively

    49% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  20. Monitoring people, processes and things

    49% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 13-2011.01 - Accountants.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Being exact or accurate

    96% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  2. Telephone

    94% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Electronic mail

    93% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    93% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Repeating same tasks

    93% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  6. Unstructured work

    92% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  7. Spend time sitting

    90% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  8. Face-to-face discussions

    87% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  9. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  10. Teamwork

    83% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Contact with people

    77% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  12. Frequent decision making

    77% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Impact of decisions

    75% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  14. Letters and memos

    75% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  15. Time pressure

    75% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  16. Making repetitive motions

    65% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  17. Automation of tasks

    64% Important

    Do tasks that are mostly automated.

  18. Competition

    63% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  19. Lead or coordinate a team

    63% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    61% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    76% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    71% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Relationships

    71% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  4. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  5. Working conditions

    69% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Recognition

    67% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Administrative

    100% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  2. Enterprising

    57% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  3. Analytical

    43% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Practical

    19% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 13-2011.01 - Accountants.

All Accountants

  • $1,660 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 195,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 52% female Gender Share

Accountants provide services relating to financial reporting, taxation, auditing, insolvency, accounting information systems, budgeting, cost management, planning and decision-making by organisations and individuals; and provide advice on associated compliance and performance requirements to ensure statutory and strategic governance.

The minimum qualification is a diploma of accounting, however, the majority of Accountants complete a bachelor degree in accounting or a related field majoring in accounting.

Tasks
  • assisting in formulating budgetary and accounting policies
  • preparing financial statements for presentation to boards of directors, management, shareholders, and governing and statutory bodies
  • conducting financial investigations, preparing reports, undertaking audits and advising on matters such as the purchase and sale of businesses, mergers, capital financing, suspected fraud, insolvency and taxation
  • examining operating costs and organisations' income and expenditure
  • providing assurance about the accuracy of information contained in financial reports and their compliance with statutory requirements
  • providing financial and taxation advice on business structures, plans and operations
  • preparing taxation returns for individuals and organisations
  • liaising with financial institutions and brokers to establish funds management arrangements
  • introducing and maintaining accounting systems, and advising on the selection and application of computer-based accounting systems
  • maintaining internal control systems
  • may appraise cash flow and financial risk of capital investment projects

The minimum qualification is a diploma of accounting, however, the majority of Accountants complete a bachelor degree in accounting or a related field majoring in accounting.

Registration with one of Australia's three peak accounting bodies is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Financial Services VET training pathways.

Employers look for Accountants who can connect with others, communicate clearly and are well presented.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Economics and accounting

    79% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  2. Clerical

    76% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  3. Mathematics

    70% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Computers and electronics

    62% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Customer and personal service

    60% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  6. Administration and management

    57% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  7. English language

    52% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  8. Personnel and human resources

    46% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  9. Law and government

    43% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  10. Communications and media

    30% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  11. Sales and marketing

    28% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  12. Education and training

    28% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  13. Production and processing

    26% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  14. Public safety and security

    24% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  15. Psychology

    20% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  16. Transportation

    18% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  17. Telecommunications

    17% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  18. Foreign language

    12% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  19. Sociology and anthropology

    12% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  20. Technical design

    8% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    55% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  3. Reading comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Active listening

    52% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  5. Speaking

    52% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Judgment and decision making

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  7. Systems analysis

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  8. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  9. Active learning

    48% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  10. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  11. Complex problem solving

    46% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  12. Operations analysis

    46% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  13. Systems evaluation

    45% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  14. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  16. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  17. Time management

    41% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  18. Negotiation

    41% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  19. Learning strategies

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    37% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Working with numbers

    63% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  2. Oral expression

    61% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Written comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  5. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  6. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  7. Problem spotting

    55% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  8. Deductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  9. Near vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  10. Categorising

    54% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Sorting or ordering

    52% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  12. Inductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  13. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  14. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  15. Selective attention

    39% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    39% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  17. Perceptual speed

    39% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  18. Brainstorming

    37% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  19. Finger dexterity

    37% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  20. Multitasking

    34% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Planning and prioritising work

    78% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    77% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Building good relationships

    70% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  4. Checking compliance with standards

    69% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  5. Researching and investigating

    69% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  6. Making sense of information and ideas

    68% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    68% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Communicating within a team

    66% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    63% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  10. Providing office support

    61% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  11. Communicating with the public

    60% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Looking for changes over time

    60% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  13. Working with computers

    56% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  14. Giving expert advice

    53% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  15. Coordinating the work of a team

    53% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  16. Explaining things to people

    52% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  17. Documenting or recording information

    52% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  18. Scheduling work and activities

    51% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  19. Thinking creatively

    49% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  20. Monitoring people, processes and things

    49% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 13-2011.01 - Accountants.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Being exact or accurate

    96% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  2. Telephone

    94% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Electronic mail

    93% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    93% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Repeating same tasks

    93% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  6. Unstructured work

    92% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  7. Spend time sitting

    90% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  8. Face-to-face discussions

    87% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  9. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  10. Teamwork

    83% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Contact with people

    77% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  12. Frequent decision making

    77% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Impact of decisions

    75% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  14. Letters and memos

    75% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  15. Time pressure

    75% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  16. Making repetitive motions

    65% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  17. Automation of tasks

    64% Important

    Do tasks that are mostly automated.

  18. Competition

    63% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  19. Lead or coordinate a team

    63% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    61% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    76% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    71% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Relationships

    71% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  4. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  5. Working conditions

    69% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Recognition

    67% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Administrative

    100% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  2. Enterprising

    57% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  3. Analytical

    43% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Practical

    19% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 13-2011.01 - Accountants.
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