Accountants come in a lot of forms, from corporate bankruptcy specialists to accountants that track criminals. But what they have in common is significant job satisfaction: Seventy-eight percent of accounting and finance workers were very or somewhat satisfied with their jobs in 2006, according to a June 2006 article in CFO Magazine. A lot of that has to do with the job security, salaries and transferable skills that accountants enjoy.
An Accountant's Job
An accountant helps a company organize its finances. Some accountants are specialists in certain forms of accounting or tax preparation. Others perform all the basic financial tasks that an individual or business requires. Certified public accountants are accountants accredited by the state. While accountants do not necessarily need to be certified, it is an important credential that leads to higher pay and enhanced credibility.
Job Security and Job Satisfaction
One main factor that enhances accountants' job satisfaction is job security. No matter who you are, what industry you work in or what profession you choose, chances are you'll need an accountant at some point in your life. While certain regions pay their accountants more, the demand for accountants is not tied to location. Being in high demand means better job security for accountants. It also can lead to higher pay than other professions.
Salary and Job Satisfaction
Another reason accountants have to be happy about their jobs is the salary. Even accountants just starting out can make a comfortable living. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage of accountants in 2008 was $59,430. Initial wages for a starting accountant with a bachelor's degree averaged $48,993 in 2009.
Transferable Skills and Job Satisfaction
When you have an education in accounting, even if you are not satisfied with your current job as an accountant, you still have plenty of options. The skills that make an accountant successful are transferable. Being good with money, knowing how to prepare taxes and being a specialist in various types of financing are all desirable traits to employers in non-accounting professions.