What does an Accounting Analyst do?

Accounting analysts work closely with the accounting department and other financial professionals within an organization to help evaluate an organization's income and spending. This role often requires working collaboratively with others in the organization to provide detailed reports that include projections for profits and losses. Account analysts provide reports necessary for higher-level decision makers.

Account analysts require a Bachelor's degree in an area related to both mathematics and business. Preferred degree programs include accounting, finance, or business. A Certified Public Accounting title may be necessary, which will require additional testing and preparation. Successful Accounting analysts are highly organized with exceptional strong technical and math skills.

What responsibilities are common for Accounting Analyst jobs?
  • Work collaboratively with other accounting officers within organization
  • Utilize math skills to analyze key financial data
  • Prepare financial reports on a determined schedule
  • Present financial reports and estimates to decision makers within the organization
  • Utilize technical skills to create charts and graphs for visual understanding
  • Research current economic and financial outlook
  • Provide solutions to accounting issues as they arise
  • Investigate and provide feedback on accounting irregularities
What are the typical qualifications for Accounting Analyst jobs?
  • Master's degree in accounting, finance, business or related fields preferred
  • A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) title is preferred
  • Critical math skills and a proven ability to difficult calculations
  • Strong familiarity with productivity tools such as Microsoft Office Suite
  • Prior experience using database tools and spreadsheet software such as MySQL and Excel
  • Experience using data visualization tools, such as Microsoft PowerBI and Tableau
  • Ability to quickly learn industry-related regulations quickly and utilize information in written reports
  • Comfort preparing and delivering reports to decision makers
  • Strong critical thinking skills
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does an Accounting Analyst make?

Accounting Analyst Career Path

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L1
Accounting Analyst I
$83,662/yr
L2
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
28%
2 - 4
56%
5 - 7
6%
8+
10%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Eze SoftwareEze Software
AR Analyst
Apr 29, 2021

“Good work life balance and I enjoyed the co workers that I worked with on a daily basis.”

AccentureAccenture
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Feb 10, 2021

“Exemplary training for career expansion under accounting field especially when you're on entry level.”

Zeigler Auto GroupZeigler Auto Group
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Jun 22, 2022

“I have had nothing but positive experiences thus far and am incredibly happy to start my working career at such an amazing company.”

ExEDExED
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Dec 2, 2021

“The people are really kind and great to work with.”

InfineraInfinera
Senior Accounting Analyst
Jun 20, 2022

“Good place to work and have a balanced work life”

Crane Co.Crane Co.
Accounting Analyst
Mar 18, 2021

“Decent pay and literally nothing else”

McLane CompanyMcLane Company
Accounting Analyst II
Jun 23, 2021

“Nice work and life balance”

Bank of CanadaBank of Canada
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Jul 3, 2021

“Work and life balance is great”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an Accounting Analyst

When working as an Accounting Analyst, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft EXCEL, Powerpoint, Microsoft Office Suite, Pivot Tables, and Excellent Communication.

The most similar professions to Accounting Analyst are:
  • Management Accountant
  • Accountant
  • Accounting Manager
  • Cost Accountant

The most common qualifications to become an Accounting Analyst include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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