CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Accountants-All Levels Combined

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Accounting
Benchmark Title: Accountants-All Levels Combined
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization. Prepare, examine, or analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
 
Compute taxes owed and prepare tax returns, ensuring compliance with payment, reporting or other tax requirements.
 
Analyze business operations, trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations, to project future revenues and expenses or to provide advice.
 
Report to management regarding the finances of establishment.
 
Establish tables of accounts and assign entries to proper accounts.
 
Develop, maintain, and analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs.
 
Develop, implement, modify, and document recordkeeping and accounting systems, making use of current computer technology.
 
Prepare forms and manuals for accounting and bookkeeping personnel, and direct their work activities.
 
Survey operations to ascertain accounting needs and to recommend, develop, or maintain solutions to business and financial problems.
 
Advise management about issues such as resource utilization, tax strategies, and the assumptions underlying budget forecasts.
 
Provide internal and external auditing services for businesses or individuals.
 
Advise clients in areas such as compensation, employee health care benefits, the design of accounting or data processing systems, or long-range tax or estate plans.
 
Represent clients before taxing authorities and provide support during litigation involving financial issues.
 
Appraise, evaluate, and inventory real property and equipment, recording information such as the description, value and location of property.
 
Maintain or examine the records of government agencies.
 
Serve as bankruptcy trustees or business valuators.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Accounting
Benchmark Title: Accountants-All Levels Combined
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Accounting
Benchmark Title: Accountants-All Levels Combined
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Accounting
Benchmark Title: Accountants-All Levels Combined
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Accounting
Benchmark Title: Accountants-All Levels Combined
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
1099 ProsSoftware Tax preparation software
 
ACCUCert software Compliance software
 
AIM Asset Management Software Inventory management software
 
ATX Total Accounting Office Accounting software
 
ATX Total Engagement Office Accounting software
 
ATX Total Tax Office Tax preparation software
 
Abacus Tax Software Tax preparation software
 
Accountants Templates JAZZ-It! Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Accounting compliance software Compliance software
 
Accounting fraud detection software Financial analysis software
 
Accounts payable software Accounting software
 
Accounts receivable software Accounting software
 
Accurate NXG Accounting software
 
Accutrac software Document management software
 
AcornSystems Corporate Performance Management Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
AcorynSystems Activity Based Costing/Management ABC/M Accounting software
 
AdaptaSoft CyberPay Accounting software
 
Advanced Micro Systems 1099-Etc Tax preparation software
 
American Riviera Magtax Tax preparation software
 
Asset management software Accounting software
 
AuditWare software Financial analysis software
 
Automation Counselors municiPAL Accounting software
 
Avalara AvaTax ST Tax preparation software
 
BNA Estate and Gift Tax Suite Tax preparation software
 
BNA Income Tax Planning Solutions Tax preparation software
 
BNA Sales and Use Tax Rates and Forms Tax preparation software
 
Best MIP Fund Accounting Accounting software
 
Best Software CPAPayroll Data base user interface and query software
 
Billing software Accounting software
 
Blackbaud The Raiser's Edge Customer relationship management CRM software
 
Brentmark Estate Planning Quickview Financial analysis software
 
Business Objects Crystal Reports Data base reporting software
 
Business Objects Data Integrator Enterprise application integration software
 
CCH ProSystem fx TAX Tax preparation software
 
CCIS AccountAbility Accounting software
 
CYMA IV Accounting for Windows Accounting software
 
Cammack Computations Inter-Est Financial analysis software
 
Cartesis ES Magnitude Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Cartesis Magnitude iAnalysis Financial analysis software
 
Cost accounting software Accounting software
 
Creative Solutions UltraTax 1040 Tax preparation software
 
Document management system software Document management software
 
Estate planning software Financial analysis software
 
Evron Computer Systems SAGE PFW (Platinum For Windows) Accounting software
 
Exact Software Macola ES Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
FLS eDP PAYROLLtax Compliance software
 
FRx Software Microsoft FRx Accounting software
 
FileMaker Pro software Data base user interface and query software
 
Financial reporting software Accounting software
 
Financial statement software Accounting software
 
Fixed-assets depreciation software Financial analysis software
 
Fund accounting software Accounting software
 
General ledger software Accounting software
 
H&R Block TaxCut Software Tax preparation software
 
Heron CrossTie General Ledger Accounting software
 
Hyperion Solutions System 9 Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
IDMS Account Ability Tax preparation software
 
Income tax return preparation software Tax preparation software
 
Intrax ProcedureNet Compliance software
 
Intuit Lacerte Tax preparation software
 
Intuit ProSeries Tax preparation software
 
Intuit QuickBooks Premier Accounting software
 
Intuit QuickBooks software Accounting software
 
Intuit TurboTax Tax preparation software
 
Invoice software Accounting software
 
KPB Associates TaxStream Tax preparation software
 
Lead Activity Analyzer Accounting software
 
Lead Business Analyzer Accounting software
 
MethodWare ProAudit Advisor Financial analysis software
 
Micronetics Xpert Write-up Accounting software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Dynamics GP Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Microsoft Dynamics NAV Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Microsoft Dynamics SL Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft FRx Financial analysis software
 
Microsoft Great Plains Solomon Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Microsoft Great Plains software Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Windows Operating system software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Multiview Accounts Receivable Accounting software
 
NetSuite NetERP Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
New Millennium Communications Genesis Accounting Accounting software
 
NewPortWave Year End Solutions Tax preparation software
 
OSI TrustWise Financial analysis software
 
OmniRIM software Document management software
 
Orrtax Software IntelliTax Business for Windows Tax preparation software
 
Orrtax Software IntelliTax Classic Tax preparation software
 
PROPHIX Enterprise Accounting software
 
Paisley AutoAudit Financial analysis software
 
Paisley Cardmap Compliance software
 
Paisley Focus Control Assurance Compliance software
 
Paisley IssueTrack Financial analysis software
 
Paisley RiskNavigator Compliance software
 
Payables Tests Sets for ACL software Financial analysis software
 
Payroll software Time accounting software
 
Pentana audit work system PAWS Financial analysis software
 
Practice management software PMS Data base user interface and query software
 
Pro Systems Client Write-Up System for Windows Accounting software
 
Profit Developers Electronic File Interchange Accounting software
 
RSM McGladrey Advanced Practice Solutions Paperless Audit Financial analysis software
 
RSM McGladrey Auditor Assistant Financial analysis software
 
Roundtable Software Advantage Accounting System Accounting software
 
SAP software Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Sage Abra HRMS Human resources software
 
Sage BusinessWorks Accounting software
 
Sage CPAAccounts Payable Accounting software
 
Sage CPAAccounts Receivable Accounting software
 
Sage CPAClient Checkbook Accounting software
 
Sage CPADocument Manager Document management software
 
Sage CPAPractice Manager Project management software
 
Sage ERP Accpac Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Sage MAS 200 Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Sage MAS 500 Financial analysis software
 
Sage MAS 90 Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Sage Peachtree software Accounting software
 
Sage Platinum for Windows PFW Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Sage Timberline Office software Accounting software
 
Softrax Revenue Management Accounting software
 
Summit Software Summit Biofuels Accounting Accounting software
 
Sync Essentials Trade Accountant Financial analysis software
 
Tax compliance property tax management software Compliance software
 
Thomson GoSystem Tax Tax preparation software
 
Tumbleweed SecureTransport Transaction server software
 
UA Business Software Professional Edition Accounting software
 
Universal Tax Systems TaxWise Tax preparation software
 
eXtensible Business Reporting Language XBRL Development environment software
 
10-key calculators Calculators or accessories
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Fax machines Facsimile machines
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Photocopying equipment Photocopiers
 
Scanners Scanners
 
Tablet computers Tablet computers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Accounting
Benchmark Title: Accountants-All Levels Combined
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Accounting
Benchmark Title: Accountants-All Levels Combined
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Account Administrator
Accountant
Accountant Manager
Accounting Bookkeeper
Accounting Consultant
Accounting Manager
Accounting Methods Analyst
Accounting Officer
Accounting Supervisor
Accounting Systems Analyst
Accounting Technician
Asset Analyst
Bank Accountant
Bookkeeper
Budget Accountant
Bursar
Business Analyst
Cash Accountant
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Chartered Accountant
Chief Accountant
Controller
Corporate Accountant
Cost Accountant
Cost Accounting Manager
Cost Controller
Finance Director
Financial Accountant
Financial Adviser
Financial Analyst
Financial Reporting Accountant
Financial Systems Analyst
Fiscal Accountant
Forensic Accountant
Fund Accountant
General Accountant
Industrial Accountant
Key Account Manager
Medical Accountant
Mutual Fund Accountant
Non Profit Financial Controller
Nonprofit Financial Controller
Payroll Accountant
Payroll Analyst
Plant Controller
Procurement Accountant
Project Accountant
Property Accountant
Public Accountant
Railroad Accountant
Reporting Analyst
Revenue Accountant
Revenue Manager
Staff Accountant
Systems Accountant
Tax Accountant
Tax Analyst
Tax Associate
Tax Expert
Tax Preparer
Traveling Accountant
Traveling Repair Accountant
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Accounting
Benchmark Title: Accountants-All Levels Combined
 
 
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