Unusual Accounting Careers


Accounting careers do not have to be dull and mundane. There are a slew of options available for those with an inquiring mind who enjoy investigating fraud, following a money trail to find answers or rooting out inconsistencies in financial statements. Accounts can play a huge role in forensics, fighting white-collar crime and terrorism. Accountants can find themselves in a number of interesting environments as they seek out unusual accounting careers.


  • Following the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, and the corporate scandals of the early 2000's, the field of forensic accounting has opened up an exciting world of investigative possibilities for accountants with additional forensic accounting training.


  • An independent accountant can offer auditing services to businesses that are unusual or exciting such as dance clubs, novelty companies and circus acts. Businesses that are out of the ordinary require the auditing services of an accountant willing to learn the ins and outs of an industry.


  • Entertainers receive large payments and carry expense accounts not seen by most entrepreneurs. Look for a career managing the finances for movie stars, athletes and recording artists.


  • Many locations such as Las Vegas, Key West or Alaska offer unusual working conditions for accountants as well as businesses that keep odd hours and rely on unusual businesses for their economy.


  • With many businesses going global, there is a need for accountants to understand international economics and travel overseas to monitor the books of their subsidiaries. Look for a career with a company that does business worldwide.

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