Accountants, budget analysts, and auditors provide valuable services in government offices at the federal, state, and local levels. These workers may manage financial documents, oversee budgets, and review accounting records for accuracy and compliance.
- Job Stats
- Education and Experience Requirements
- Additional Qualifications Recommended
- Organize and maintain financial documents, reports, and data.
- Contribute to the budget development process.
- Monitor costs and expenses and make recommendations for resource allocation.
- Conduct data analysis to help identify trends and inform financial decisions.
- Review accounting records to evaluate accuracy and compliance with regulations.
- Create and distribute financial reports.
- Employment Numbers: In 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 87,690 accountants and auditors worked in local and state government positions.
- Salary: The BLS reported that the median annual salary for accountants and auditors working for the government was $68,420 in 2018.
- Projected Growth: The demand for accountants is projected to increase by 10% across all industries between 2016 and 2026, according to the BLS.
Education and Experience Requirements
- A bachelor's or master's degree in accounting or a related field is preferred by most employers, although some government positions may accept a bachelor's degree in any field.
- Entry-level government positions usually require 1-3 years of related experience. Students can work toward this requirement by completing internships and other practical experiences.
Additional Qualifications Recommended
- CPA: Earning a Certified Public Accountant credential requires passing an exam and providing documentation of education and prior experience. Most government agencies require or prefer to hire candidates with a CPA credential.
- CGAP: While not usually required, the Certified Government Auditing Professional credential may make candidates more competitive in the job market.