What does a CPA do?
Certified public accountants are officially designated accountants who serve the public interest, have fulfilled certain licensing and certification requirements, and have passed the CPA exam. They commonly provide a range of financial services including tax advice and preparation, bookkeeping, payroll services, and support with audits. They prepare balance sheets, profit & loss statements, and other financial documentation. They may also provide advice related to financial areas such as investing, paying for college, or retirement planning.
Certified public accountants have a CPA license and have successfully passed the associated exam. They typically also have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. They must have in-depth expertise with a wide range of accounting practices and issues, including auditing and tax return preparation. Proficiency with common accounting and bookkeeping software programs is helpful.
How much does a CPA make?
CPA Career Path
Learn how to become a CPA, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Average Years of Experience
“It was nice working at a firm that carefully selected clients so tax season wasn't overwhelming.”
“Good pay and it sounded good”
“Amazing flexibly and great team to work with.”
“Good place to train and start your career”
“Kind and career development for future”
“Working as a team is great”
“Good for career development”
“Good people to work with”
Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a CPA
- Management Accountant
- Accounting Manager
- Cost Accountant