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 Manager
Accounting Bookkeeper
Accounting Consultant
Accounting Manager
Accounting Methods Analyst
Accounting Officer
Accounting Supervisor
Accounting Systems Analyst
Accounting Technician
Asset Analyst
Bank Accountant
Budget Accountant
Business Analyst
Cash Accountant
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Chartered Accountant
Chief Accountant
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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