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Auditor  What They Do

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Accountants and Auditors Career Video

Examines and analyzes accounting records to determine financial status of establishment and prepares financial reports concerning operating procedures.

This career is part of the Finance cluster Corporate Finance pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Collects and analyzes data to detect deficient controls, duplicated effort, extravagance, fraud, or non-compliance with laws, regulations, and management policies.
  • Prepares detailed reports on audit findings.
  • Supervises auditing of establishments, and determines scope of investigation required.
  • Reports to management about asset utilization and audit results, and recommends changes in operations and financial activities.
  • Inspects account books and accounting systems for efficiency, effectiveness, and use of accepted accounting procedures to record transactions.
  • Examines records and interviews workers to ensure recording of transactions and compliance with laws and regulations.
  • Examines and evaluates financial and information systems, recommending controls to ensure system reliability and data integrity.
  • Reviews data about material assets, net worth, liabilities, capital stock, surplus, income, and expenditures.
  • Confers with company officials about financial and regulatory matters.
  • Examines whether the organization's objectives are reflected in its management activities, and whether employees understand the objectives.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overnight travel
  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Compliance Analyst -- Plans and coordinates the operational activities of a company or organization to guarantee compliance with governmental regulations and ordinances.
  • Financial Systems Analyst -- Uses knowledge of the financial industry to examine, audit and investigate corporate assets, investments, debts and potential for growth (profitability).
  • Information Systems Auditor -- Plans and conducts audits of data processing systems and applications to safeguard assets, ensure accuracy of data, and promote operational efficiency.
  • Insurance Auditor -- Settles insurance claims to determine that payments and settlements have been made in accordance with company practices and procedures.
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