What is Accounting?
An accountant is a business professional who works with the lifeblood of every enterprise, its finances. While many of us only think of accountants when tax time rolls around, accountants can work in many other areas of business and government. Yet, they all essentially work with ledgers that record every expense and revenue generating transaction. Accountants are thus very detail oriented, and many have migrated to the IT world where they are called to audit network traffic, database activity, and more. Accountants also work under a wide range of licenses and certifications which steer their careers in meaningful ways.
In fact, one of the most respected professional license is that of certified public accountant. CPAs are licensed by their state to sign tax filing documents. To earn this status, CPAs have passed the most difficult professional exam available. Other accountants can earn certificates to work in other areas of business such as risk management, forensic accounting, management accounting, and non-profit accounting.