Analyze and interpret accounting records, prepare financial statements, and help advise clients on financial matters. Heavily involved with mathematics and economics. Work primarily in an office setting but increasing remote opportunities. In small businesses, this and many other responsibilities may fall to a single employee.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Examine records and interview workers to make sure transactions are recorded and laws and regulations are followed.
  • Prepare or analyze accounting records and financial statements to assess accuracy.
  • Review documents for differences and fix them.
  • Examine inventory to double-check records.
  • Analyze business operations, trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations.


Recommended Credentials

Bachelor’s Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Accounting Degrees and Certificates
— Northwestern Michigan College

Elsewhere in Michigan


Associate of Business Administration in Accounting
— Davenport University
College of Business - Accountancy
— Ferris State University
College of Innovation - Accounting
— Lake Superior State University 
Accounting Program
— Northwood University

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Get involved with the family budget. If possible, work with your guardians to gain an understanding of their finances and expenditures. Ask your high school counselor about North Ed's Business Careers program.

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

North Ed's Business Careers Program gives you a foundation to build on and real-world experience opportunities.

Take AP math and science classes to try for college credit.

Ask your counselor about dual enrollment at NMC.

Pathway 2

Start by taking classes locally through NMC's Accounting Program.

Pathway 3

Transfer to a 4-year school to finish your degree.


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

Business Operations Specialist, Accounting Officer, Audit Partner, Auditor, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Cost Accountant, Financial Auditor


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