How to become a Accountant

Accountants analyse, report and give advice about the financial dealings of organisations and individuals, and advise on associated record-keeping and compliance requirements.

Personal requirements of a Accountant

  • Good communication skills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Able to build rapport with clients
  • Able to analyse and solve problems
  • Good organisational skills
  • Discretion when dealing with confidential information
  • Professional and ethical
  • Able to work as part of a team

Education & Training for a Accountant

To become an accountant you usually have to complete a VET qualification in accounting. Subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, so contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an accountant by completing a degree in accounting or a related field such as business or commerce with a major in accounting. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are generally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$2,000

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.9%

NSW 41%

NT 0.9%

QLD 18.3%

SA 5.8%

TAS 1.5%

VIC 23%

WA 7.5%

Hours worked:

42.2

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Male 52.8%

Female 47.2%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 4%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 6.7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 7.2%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 16.9%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 39.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 25.3%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 18.9%

Above 35 years: 81.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
Graduates of approved courses may qualify for membership or entry to programs offered by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA Australia or the Institute of Public Accountants. Eligibility for membership varies and may require work experience and/or further study. Check organisation websites for further information.
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