Accounting Careers: Options, Job Titles, and Descriptions

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People who work in accounting record, analyze, and maintain financial accounts. They might work for the government, a large company, or a small business.

Because accounting is such a broad field, there are many accounting job titles. Read below for a list of some of the most common accounting job titles, as well as a longer list of accounting job titles.

Use these lists when searching for a job in accounting.

You might also use this list to encourage your employer to change the title of your position to fit your responsibilities. However, keep in mind that many accounting jobs require specific certifications and licenses, and these often affect one’s job title.

Accounting Job Titles

Below is a list of some of the most common accounting job titles, as well as a description of each. For more information about each job title, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook.

An accountant prepares, analyzes, and maintains financial records. Accountants typically work for a company, managing that company’s finances. They might perform a variety of tasks, including managing a company’s payroll, taxes, and various other payments. There are many different types of accountants, from general accountants to tax accountants. Each one has slightly different duties.

Accounting Clerk
An accounting clerk produces and maintains financial records for a company. He or she might enter financial information into computer software, check this data for accuracy, and/or produce reports on this information. Also known as a bookkeeping clerks or auditing clerks, they work in almost all industries.

An auditor’s duties are very similar to an accountant’s. Like an accountant, an auditor prepares, analyzes, and manages financial records. However, auditors more typically work for an accounting or payroll service, rather than working for one particular company. Generally, an auditor checks the work performed by a company’s accountant. He or she often helps multiple companies deal with their finances.

Chief Financial Officer
A chief financial officer (CFO) is responsible for managing the finances of an organization. He or she is in charge of financial planning, maintaining financial records, and sometimes also analyzing these records. He or she manages the accounting department, and typically reports to the chief executive officer (CEO) of the organization.

A controller (sometimes called a comptroller) is responsible for accounting activities for a particular company. He or she might prepare financial statements and budgets, process data, and/or prepare taxes. The controller typically reports to the chief financial officer (CFO).

Financial Analyst
A financial analyst evaluates businesses and projects to see if an entity is a good candidate to invest in. Financial analysts might make recommendations to a particular bank, company, or to various investors about whether to invest in a particular company.

Accounting Job Titles List

Below is an extensive list of accounting job titles, including those described above.

A - D

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounting Clerk Leader
  • Accounting Director
  • Accounting Manager
  • Accounting Supervisor
  • Accounting Vice President
  • Accounts Supervisor
  • Assistant Director of Finance
  • Assistant Director of Financial Operations
  • Audit Supervisor
  • Auditor
  • Bookkeeper
  • Budget Analyst
  • Budget Manager
  • Bursar
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Chief Accounting Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Compliance Auditor
  • Comptroller
  • Contracts and Financial Compliance Manager
  • Controller
  • Corporate Accountant
  • Cost Accountant
  • Credit Analyst
  • Director of Financial Operations

    E - L

    • Environmental Auditor
    • External Auditor
    • Financial Analyst
    • Financial Assurance Manager
    • Financial Assurance Specialist
    • Forensic Accountant
    • Gift Administration Specialist
    • Gift Assurance Officer
    • Government Accountant
    • Government Auditor
    • Grants and Contracts Assistant
    • Grants and Contracts Specialist
    • Industrial Accountant
    • Information Technology Audit Manager
    • Information Technology Auditor
    • Internal Auditor

    M - R

    • Management Accountant
    • Managerial Accountant
    • Payroll Manager
    • Payroll Services Analyst
    • Private Accountant
    • Public Accountant
    • Revenue Cycle Administrator
    • Revenue Cycle Manager
    • Revenue Cycle Supervisor

    S - Z

    • Senior Auditor
    • Senior Budget Analyst
    • Senior Cash Management Analyst
    • Senior Financial Analyst
    • Senior General Audit Manager
    • Senior Gift Assurance Officer
    • Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
    • Senior Strategic Planner
    • Staff Accountant
    • Staff Auditor
    • Strategic Planner
    • Strategic Planning and Institutional Analysis Manager
    • Strategic Program Planning Advisor
    • Tax Accountant
    • Tax Specialist

    Lists of Job Titles
    More information on job titles and job titles for a variety of occupations.

    Job Title Samples
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