10 Ways to Know You Were Born to Be an Accountant

August 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm 1 comment

I saw this  article on TaxProf.Typepad.com, and I thought it was interesting!

Accounting is a love-hate discipline. Students who choose it as their major either quit within a couple of semesters or commit to crunching the numbers and achieving a fruitful career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accountants fresh out of college earn an average starting salary of $48,993, and the profession is growing at a high rate in the coming years. In addition to the high salary and job security, other aspects of the profession may appeal to you based on your personal characteristics and preferences – like the 10 listed below. If a few of them apply to you, then you were likely born to be an accountant.

  1. Nothing really bores you
    Let’s face it – there are more exciting jobs than accounting, but not everyone is cut out to be a professional football player, astronaut or bartender. Accountants must be willing to become creatures of habit who don’t mind doing repetitive work. Many days are spent slaving away over QuickBooks, SAGE or Peachtree.
  2. You’ve always embraced technology
    In addition to being familiar with programs like QuickBooks, SAGE and Peachtree, you also know how to compose a spreadsheet. As the field grows, so will the technology that makes the job easier, and you’re prepared to make the necessary adjustments.
  3. You’ve always loved dealing with numbers
    You have a pure and unadulterated passion for math. You’ve always performed well in math classes, and didn’t mind helping your peers who couldn’t quite grasp the concepts. You actually enjoy your statistics, algebra and business calculus classes. So crunching the numbers is what would make the job fun for you.
  4. You have an abnormal passion for tax law
    It bores everyone else, but your eyes light up when you see a new tax code. Because you enjoyed studying tax law in school, you have no problem continuously studying new and updated laws – an important part of being a competent accountant.
  5. You’ve always sweated the details
    You are a perfectionist and nothing gets by you. Rarely will you misallocate or make errors that’ll cause you to lose time on other important tasks. You know the numbers must be perfect so that your business wouldn’t suffer financially. There’s a lot at stake for accountants.
  6. You’ve always welcomed the challenge of solving a problem
    Your analytical skills are impeccable and you love putting them to use in order to solve difficult problems. Comparing numbers, finding indicators and making keen observations based on new information are activities required of accountants. To you, it’s like a puzzle, and every day you’re attempting to find a solution.
  7. You’ve always been conservative with your time
    During your academic career, you’ve juggled multiple projects at the same time and have had little trouble finishing them on time. Time management is an essential skill for accountants. People who were born to be accountants were born ready to handle strict deadlines and get work done.
  8. You’ve always been a people person
    Accountants used to have the reputation of being anti-social types who were permanently confined to their offices, but these days, that’s no longer the case. You’re expected to build relationships with clients and work in teams. Your verbal and written communication skills must be sufficient.
  9. You’ve always had a conservative appearance
    Dressing like an accountant entails professional attire, though it usually depends on your workplace environment. At your least dressy, a polo and khakis will do if you’re a guy. If you’re a gal, a knee-length skirt and blouse are more than enough to make a good impression. Because you have to deal with people, looking presentable should be a priority. If you’ve always had a flair for style – conservative style, albeit – then you might already dress like an accountant.
  10. Your integrity has always been of the utmost importance to you
    Regardless of what you do, you strive to do it the right way, and that doesn’t exclude accounting. You’d have no problem abiding by those tax laws with which you’ve become so familiar. Accountants handle sensitive information, so they must operate according to ethical standards established for their profession. (http://www.bestcollegesonline.net/blog/2010/10-ways-to-know-you-were-born-to-be-an-accountant/)

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  • 1. Christina Klein  |  September 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Cute article but not accurate. I’m eccentric and I hate doing math in my head. However, I love solving puzzles and looking at a big picture to put all the little pieces together. I’m also a cheap skate and hate spending extra money so watching spending and taking advantage of tax benefits does excite but not because I saw a new tax code.

    Someone has to add some flair to accounting, most accountants are entirely to rigid and lose site of the art of doing business.

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