Accountant

Accountant

Accountants help people to stay on top of their finances, crunching numbers to keep track of how much money businesses spend and earn. Studying maths helps them to do this.

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An accountant might work in one department for a big company, or cover all areas of finance for a smaller business. They play a crucial role, analysing the ongoing performance of the organisations they work for and coming up with smart strategies to keep money rolling in.

What's cool about being an accountant?

Advising the head honchos of all kinds of companies, from corporate giants to local businesses

Travelling the world – accountants regularly work with clients from across the globe

The chance to be your own boss if you decide to set up your own accountancy firm

Subjects you'll need

Accountancy is all about numbers, so you’ll need to master mathematics to make it in this profession. Physics and computing classes will also help you to develop the logical and technical skills you’ll need to be an accountant. 

Fun fact

The first accountant was an Italian mathematician named Luca Pacioli. He wrote the book Summa de Arithmetica in 1494, which covered things like assets, liabilities, capital, income and expenses. Half a century on, accountants still use these core principles.

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