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Careers in Finance and Accounting

How to have a successful career in finance and accounting


Careers in finance and accounting can open up doors in any industry you desire

A fully functioning finance department is essential when it comes to operating a profitable, long-standing business, and a knowledge of numbers can be invaluable to any employer. Successful careers in finance and accounting are made for the organised, the logical – and those who love a challenge.

Whether your forte is ensuring the effective administration of various financial services, assessing financial information or reporting on a business’s overall financial position, careers in finance and accounting can see you working in virtually any sector.


Industry insights

Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Finance Managers is expected to be above average (between 25,001 and 50,000).


Finance Managers


What type of career do you want?

The financial functions of all businesses and their processes share common goals, however, each make up a different stage of the financial cycle. Having transferable skills across each can be the answer to unlimited career progression and flexibility.

Depending on how you choose to specialise, you may see yourself working as a:

  • Assistant Accountant
  • Payroll Officer
  • Bank Manager
  • Bookkeeper
  • Cashier


Career options

Accounts Payable Specialist

Review all invoices for appropriate documentation and approve systematically prior to payment.

  • Certificate IV in Accounting FNS40615
  • Diploma of Accounting FNS50215


Facilitate the day-to-day operations of a business primary through the maintenance of a general ledger, recording all financial transactions.

  • Certificate IV in Bookkeeping FNS40215

Business Finance Manager

Build a solid understanding of your own business’s financial operations and have more control over forecasting future growth and business performance.

  • Diploma of Accounting FNS50215
  • Certificate IV in Bookkeeping FNS40215 and Diploma of Accounting FNS50215

*Source last updated September 2015

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