What does an Accounting Analyst do?
Accounting analysts work closely with the accounting department and other financial professionals within an organization to help evaluate an organization's income and spending. This role often requires working collaboratively with others in the organization to provide detailed reports that include projections for profits and losses. Account analysts provide reports necessary for higher-level decision makers.
Account analysts require a Bachelor's degree in an area related to both mathematics and business. Preferred degree programs include accounting, finance, or business. A Certified Public Accounting title may be necessary, which will require additional testing and preparation. Successful Accounting analysts are highly organized with exceptional strong technical and math skills.
- Work collaboratively with other accounting officers within organization
- Utilize math skills to analyze key financial data
- Prepare financial reports on a determined schedule
- Present financial reports and estimates to decision makers within the organization
- Utilize technical skills to create charts and graphs for visual understanding
- Research current economic and financial outlook
- Provide solutions to accounting issues as they arise
- Investigate and provide feedback on accounting irregularities
- Master's degree in accounting, finance, business or related fields preferred
- A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) title is preferred
- Critical math skills and a proven ability to difficult calculations
- Strong familiarity with productivity tools such as Microsoft Office Suite
- Prior experience using database tools and spreadsheet software such as MySQL and Excel
- Experience using data visualization tools, such as Microsoft PowerBI and Tableau
- Ability to quickly learn industry-related regulations quickly and utilize information in written reports
- Comfort preparing and delivering reports to decision makers
- Strong critical thinking skills
Accounting Analyst Career Path
Learn how to become an Accounting Analyst, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Years of Experience Distribution
Accounting Analyst Insights
“Good work life balance and I enjoyed the co workers that I worked with on a daily basis.”
“Exemplary training for career expansion under accounting field especially when you're on entry level.”
“I have had nothing but positive experiences thus far and am incredibly happy to start my working career at such an amazing company.”
“The people are really kind and great to work with.”
“Good place to work and have a balanced work life”
“Decent pay and literally nothing else”
“Nice work and life balance”
“Low salaries and no much grow opportunities”
Accounting Analyst Interviews
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an Accounting Analyst
When working as an Accounting Analyst, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft EXCEL, Powerpoint, Microsoft Office Suite, Pivot Tables and Excellent Communication.
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The most common qualifications to become an Accounting Analyst is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.