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There’s no doubt that the area of Accounting and Finance is an exciting and growing profession, which offers stability, career fulfillment and a wide variety of job roles.

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86,000 professionals predicted to be employed in Australia by 2022

To pursue a career in Accounting and Finance, you need really have a love of figuring things out, numbers and problem solving. You’ll need to be patient, analytical, methodical in your work, have good communication skills and be good at meeting targets. With potentially moderate but flexible hours, you’ll also need to be hard working and dedicated to your craft.

What job roles are there in accounting and finance?

There are a wide variety of roles available in this sector. In fact, just some of the areas you could choose to specialise in are roles such as Accountant, Bookkeeper, Financial Planner, Payroll Officer and BAS Agent. Not only are there lots of opportunities to develop your skills over time, but the demand for people within the Accounting and Finance industry across Australia is also expected to rise over the next few years. Below is everything you need to know about starting your career.

What skills do you need to work in accounting and finance?

Employers look for Accountants who can connect with others, communicate clearly and are well presented. Other skills they value include:

  • experience with economics and accounting,
  • knowledge of the financial markets,
  • banking
  • checking and reporting of financial data.
  • proficiency with arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Successful workers in this area also need to be proficient with spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. If you are good at word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work – this will also help you to gain employment in the sector, and to have a long and successful career.

Find out more statistics about Accounting and Finance below.

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Accounting and finance industry insights

There’s no doubt that the area of Accounting and Finance is an exciting and growing profession, which offers stability, career fulfillment and a wide variety of job roles.

Accounting and Finance Outlook
  • Future job growth
    Growth expected
    *Upto 86,000 job openings over the next 5 years. *Source
  • Occupation size
    There are 189,100 workers in this (or similar) professions.*Source
  • Regions
    All regions
    Job roles for this profession work across all Australian regions. *Source
Accounting and Finance Salary
  • Full time
    Average of $55,800 - 81,900 per annum
  • Full time
    Investment Managers
    Average of $101,800 - 210,300 per annum
  • Full time
    Average of $54,600 - 72,100 per annum
  • Considerations
    Your salary will be based on previous experience, where you are working and the type of role you take on.
Accounting and Finance Age Range
  • 34 years old and younger
  • 35-54 years
  • 55 years and older
Accounting and Finance Education Levels
  • Below Certificate III
  • Certificate III and IV
  • Diploma and above

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

Why study accounting and finance with Upskilled?

Upskilled’s Accounting and Finance courses are delivered online, giving you the flexibility to enrol any time of the year and study at your own pace.

What will you learn?

Among other things, you'll learn how to establish and maintain a payroll system as well as how to design and produce accounting business documents. You’ll be able to set up and operate a computerised accounting system and to apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry.

If you study Accounting and Finance, you’ll be able to prepare financial reports and operational budgets, as well as financial statements for non-reporting entities. As well as this, you will learn how to carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks and to process financial transactions and extract interim reports.

What other study perks do you get with Upskilled?

Furthermore, your online course includes:

  • comprehensive student support to help you throughout your study
  • a dedicated online lecturer will be provided to assist you in your learning process and offer academic support
  • access to a range of collaboration and communication tools that enable you to network and discuss with other students in your field, further enriching your overall student experience.

Some of the diplomas and certificates allow you to graduate with a Nationally Recognised Qualification that can boost your chances of employment and more opportunities to accelerate your learning even further.

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