5 reasons to become an accountant now

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At first glance, accounting may not appear to be the most glamorous job in the world but it may astonish you just how good life can be as an accountant.

Don’t believe us? Here are 5 reasons why there’s never been a better time for you to consider becoming an accountant.

1. Your job is virtually future proof

As Benjamin Franklin famously said, there are two sure things in life – death and taxes. In other words, the services and knowledge of an accountant will always be in demand. In fact, jobs in accountancy and finance are up over 20% at recruitment giant Hays according to its recent hiring figures. Given that your work is up to the required standards then the chances are you’re not going to be out of work – ever!

2. You don’t need to go to university

Academia isn’t for everyone and accountancy is a profession that offers a variety of affordable entry routes that don’t require an expensive university degree. If you have a good head for numbers and a thirst to help businesses develop or you want to establish ethics and regulations further into the industry then this is an ideal field to be in.

3. You could run your own business

The benefits of being self-employed are countless and accountancy gives you the option to be your own boss by opening up your very own practice. The perks of going at it alone are numerous: Cutting out that costly and monotonous commute, the opportunity to spend more time with loved ones (or your stamp collection – whatever floats your boat) and not having to answer to a tyrannical boss are just the few benefits associated with this route.

4. You have diverse career opportunities

There aren’t many professions that offer the same diversity as accountancy. Not only can you train in business or banking but qualified accountants hold senior positions such as CEOs or managing directors in every sector imaginable. Long gone are the days when accountants were just taxmen, bookkeepers and auditors. Nowadays you find accountants working in roles as varied as forensic accounting, aiding in the investigation of financial crime, and contributing to the inquiries against worldwide fraud.

5. You are paid well

Naturally, before you plan your future, you need to know just how well you will be rewarded for your skills and efforts. The good news is that accountants are paid a generous salary and enjoy competitive benefits – regardless of whether the economy is booming or in recession. In fact research commissioned by Stott and May has shown that once fully qualified, accountants can now earn £50,000+. Not too shabby at all…

AAT Comment offers news and opinion on the world of business and finance from the Association of Accounting Technicians.

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