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Accounting

I need to find a new job.
You should try to find an accounting job.
What would I do in accounting?
An accountant is responsible for analyzing and communicating financial information.
I am very good with numbers and money matters.
Accounting would be a great new career for you.
What kinds of accounting jobs are available?
You could work for a company, for an individual, or even for the government.
Are there specific accountant positions?
The four main positions are public accounting, management accounting, government accounting, and internal auditing.
What does a public account do?
Public accountants perform a wide range of duties including auditing, consulting activities, and taxes.
I have no interest in doing taxes.
A public accountant can also offer advice in certain areas or specialize in forensic accounting.
What is forensic accounting?
It is the investigation and interpretation of criminal financial transactions.
So I would be looking into money laundering, embezzlement and fraud.
Exactly, as well as working closely with law enforcement and serving as a witness if a case goes to trial.
I don’t want to be involved in all of that.
Well, then you can look into being a management accountant.
What is their specialty?
Management accountants record and analyze the financial information of the companies they work for.
So they are primarily responsible for budgeting and cost management.
Yes, and there are also government accountants.
I assume they are responsible for the records of government agencies.
Correct. And internal auditors are used by a company to check for mismanagement, waste, or fraud.
Well, the management accountant sounds the most interesting to me.
Then you should definitely look into it some more.

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