Accountants are skilled in the practice of accounting, which entails maintaining accurate financial records for businesses, individuals or trusts. Accountants help their clients in the preparation and verification of any financial paperwork and also help with budgeting and future investments.
Accountants are also used as internal auditors by companies to investigate fraud by employees, this in turn helps both legally and to create a more profitable business. Another interesting field is forensic accounting where they investigate white collar crimes, bankruptcy fraud etc.
A love for mathematics, English and computers will aid anyone interested in becoming an accountant. Accounting also allows you the unique opportunity to start your own accounting firm where you work for yourself.
The minimum requirement to become an accountant is to obtain a bachelors degree in accounting. To become a Chartered Accountant you need to obtain a bachelors degree in accounting or an equivalent CA(SA) undergraduate qualification as a start . Then you will be required to obtain a 1 year CTA course at a Saica accredited university that covers accounting, auditing, taxation and financial management. After you receive your CTA certificate you can then enter a three year learnership to specialize in either auditing or financial management.
For more on how to become a Chartered Accountant visit Saica
Ordinary Accountants can expect a salary between R70 000 and R300 000 per year.
Chartered Accountants can expect a salary between R130 000 and R800 000 per year.
Top 5 Employers
- KPMG Consulting
- Ernst & Young
- First National Bank