Public Accountant

What Does A Public Accountant Do?

A public accountant performs a variety of duties for clients including tax preparation, tax research, preparing financial statements, business consulting, and payroll services.

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How Do I Become A Public Accountant?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in accounting is necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master’s) in a related field, which may take an additional two-three years to earn, may lead to more opportunities.

What is the Average Salary For A Public Accountant?

High – 120,000
Median – 65,000
Low – 36,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Public Accountant?

  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Business

What Is The Work Environment For A Public Accountant?

Public accountants generally work in accounting, tax preparation, and payroll service organizations.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Public Accountant?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

What Degrees Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Public Accountant?