Traditionally, people don’t think of accountants as having the “most fun job ever.” However, accounting can be much more than simply looking at numbers. With accounting careers available, and necessary, in a variety of industries, there are a lot more options than the traditional bookkeeping jobs we typically envision when we think about accounting.
If you want to pursue a career in finance, there is a great chance that you can put your math skills to use in an industry that interests you. Do you like sports? Are you an advocate for a cause? Do you keep up with pop culture? If you find yourself answering “yes” to any of these questions, then consider looking into an accounting degree to get you one step closer to making your passion a career.
To give you some ideas, here are five unexpected accounting careers you should know about:
1. Forensic Accounting
Accountant meets attorney meets investigator. Sounds pretty cool, right?
According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners1, “forensic accountants combine their accounting knowledge with investigative skills in various litigation support and investigative accounting settings.”
As a forensic accountant, you would work closely with lawyers, law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, government organizations or financial institutions to perform research to trace funds and make sure that fraud wasn’t committed. For example, a forensic accountant may be hired by private corporations or firms that help companies deal with suspected fraud and embezzlement.
To find out what forensic accounting job opportunities are available, head to accountingcrossing.com.
2. Sports Team Accounting
It’s not only the star athletes that keep the sports industry thriving. With involvement in television deals, ticket prices and a league’s salaries, sports team accountants are some of the most important minds behind your favorite teams.
Sports teams, like any other company, requires a finance department. Competition may be fierce, but perks could potentially include tickets to sporting events, a casual work environment and, most importantly, an opportunity to work with your favorite team2.
Check out teamworkonline.com to find out which teams are hiring accountants!
3. Environmental Accounting
An environmental accountant may not be exactly what it seems at first. As environmentalscience.org states3, “while some may work on the environmental costs of societal actions as a whole, most deal solely with their company’s own costs.”
Environmental accounting careers involve accounting for the sale or trade of pollution licenses, licensing of clean technologies, implementing a company’s environmental management system, and noting and analyzing ecological and financial trends and cycles.
Environmental accountants are usually employed by regulated industries that create waste and use natural resources.
To seek out accounting jobs in this field, try searching on environmentalcareer.com.
4. Corporate Entertainment Accounting
Do you enjoy the glamour that surrounds the entertainment industry, but lack the acting or singing skills to make it big? Well, lucky for you, corporate entertainment accountants can have a taste of the glamour through the important behind-the-scenes role they play in the industry.
According to allbusinessschools.com4, “corporate entertainment accountants may work for specialty accounting firms or movie studios and production companies, handling financial matters like production budgets and royalty distributions.”
While you may not be performing on a stage or as the lead role in a movie, you could be supporting those who do by making sure entertainment companies are in a financial position to produce movies, concerts and other forms of entertainment.
Entertainmentcareers.net lists available accounting positions for a number of companies.
5. Non-Profit Organization Accounting
Do you have a soft spot for the ethical treatment of animals, protecting the environment or helping those in need? If so, non-profit organization accounting may be a great place to make use of your math and finance skills.
Not only are you able to work for a cause, “becoming an accountant with a non-profit organization is considered a gateway to the high paying jobs on Wall Street. Often, these highly paid executives and CFOs got their start working their way up the ranks to CFO of a non-profit before being considered for those lucrative positions,” states an article on jobs.net5.
While you can help fight for a cause important to you, you can also put yourself in a great position to grow in your accounting career.
For a listing of available accounting jobs for a variety of non-profit organizations, see what idealist.org has to offer.
Wondering How to Get Started in Any of These Accounting Careers?
These accounting careers can be highly competitive, but a great place to start is with an accounting degree from an accredited university.
Don’t put off starting your accounting education because of your busy life. Apply now at Grantham, and you can manage your coursework to best fit within your schedule. Soon enough you might have the opportunity to be an accountant in any of these unique industries!
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