Over half of all accountants are employed in the business services sector, with the rest found in diverse industries from mining and manufacturing to construction, wholesale, retail, hospitality, government, education and health. Your working environment will be indoors and your office may be a one-person home office if you are self-employed, or a large corporate office if you work for an organisation like a government taxation department, a large accounting firm or a major bank or building society. If you enjoy working with figures, have strong organisational and analytical skills and get on well with people, you may be suited to the work of an accountant. Computers are widely used as a financial management tool and there is now an emphasis on computer training in accounting degrees. This means that the overlap with information technology degrees makes switching career paths easier.
Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (SA/NT Office)
Phone: (08) 8113 5500
Institute of Public Accountants (SA/NT Division)
Phone: (08) 8227 2255