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Accountant

Provide financial expertise and advice to individuals and organisations.

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What can I earn as an Accountant?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Accountant is between $65k and $75k
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How to become an Accountant


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A bachelor degree in the field of accounting is required to be eligible for entry into any of the three professional accounting bodies that regulate and accredit the accounting industry in Australia. These are generally three-year courses, open to anyone over 17 years who has completed year 12 with an appropriate Universities Admission Index.

  1. Complete a Bachelor degree in the field of accounting. This could be a Bachelor of Accounting or a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance.
  2. Alternatively, complete a postgraduate qualification, such as a Master of Professional Accounting. This is a two-year degree for students with previous tertiary qualifications.
  3. Apply to participate in a Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) program or apply to become a member of a recognised accounting institution, such Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).

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Bachelor of Accounting

This degree will prepare you for employment in a range of professional roles in the Accounting industry.
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Master of Professional Accounting

This qualification provides you, if you come from a non-accounting background, with the skills to work in a range of professional accounting roles.
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Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance)

This degree provides you with a strong foundation in business, accounting and finance, preparing you for a range of roles.

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How do Accountants rate their role?

Latest reviews from 12 Accountants surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.4
Job satisfaction
4.4
Career progression opportunities
3.9
Job security
4.3
Pay / Salary
3.3
Variety of work
4.4

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Aug 2019
Accounting is difficult to get to membership but i fell its the only prefession i can persue in the world!
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Accounting
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
payables,receivables
The good things
You get to be respected though you occupy a junior position As a passionate accountant everything get so interesting every time you do it
The challenges
Tight deadlines Sometimes superiors who do not know IFRS Year end pressure
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Aug 2019
Accounting is a steady job but not as rewarding as it seems
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Tax Accounting
The good things
There’s a lot of positives about being an accountant, including an abundance of employment opportunities, working 9-5 and having most weekends off, the busy period is in July - September so your abili...
The challenges
So, get ready for fairly repetitive tasks, and a very poor starting salary. If you want to progress at all within your organisation, you’re going to need to study your cpa/ca and then you’re going to...
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