What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Organizes and maintains financial records and prepares financial statements for companies and organizations. Works as a public accountant (prepares financial documents where public disclosure is required by law, such as business balance sheets and tax returns), management accountant (prepares financial information for internal use by a company) or government accountant (maintains records for government agencies).
There were 2196 Accountant (General) job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 81277 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Accountant industry, which includes the Accountant (General) career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2004:
Many new Accountant (General) jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $57,644.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $54,428.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Accountant (General) postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $49,958.
Education and Experience
Posted Accountant (General) jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Accountant (General) jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||53%|
|3 to 5 years||43%|
|6 to 8 years||3%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Accountant (General) positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Microsoft Excel (54%)
- Communication Skills (42%)
- Detail-Oriented (34%)
- Organizational Skills (20%)
- Microsoft Office (19%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Accounting (97%)
- Account Reconciliation (48%)
- General Ledger (46%)
- Financial Statements (37%)
- Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) (32%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Financial Analysis (19%)
- External Auditing (18%)
- Spreadsheets (18%)
- Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) (16%)
- Economics (11%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Accounting Management (7%)
- Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) (5%)
- Corporate Accounting (5%)
- Financial Accounting (5%)
- Variance Analysis (5%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Accountant (General) skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Staff Accountant
- Accountant II
- Accountant I
- Corporate Accountant
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
Here are the employers that have posted the most Accountant (General) jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Acca (2281)
- Anthem Blue Cross (260)
- US Government (187)
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car (171)
- Taproot Foundation (137)
- State North Carolina (34)
- Compass Group North America (22)
- Carolinas HealthCare System (19)
- North Carolina State University (16)
- Crg (15)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!