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CPAs: Anything But Dull

Somehow along the way, CPAs became stereotyped as boring drones. People pictured them dressed in drab suits with pocket protectors, in a small office, hunched over a big calculator.

The truth is, they are nothing like the dull number crunchers they’re portrayed as. During the last twenty-odd years, CPAs have become some of the most important decision makers in business. Because they understand their companies inside and out, they often hold the answers. Their superhuman ability to create, analyze and interpret financial info makes them the first to know where the company stands and where it’s headed. Which you know, is kinda good for job security.

If it wasn’t for CPAs, businesses wouldn’t know when to invest more capital. Or when to grow. Or downsize. They might even be out of compliance with current laws. Make a point to bring those things up in your annual review and they’d be hard pressed not to give you a hefty raise.

There are also tons of cool jobs for CPAs you may not even know about. Like financial forensics. Not all crimes involve a chalk outline. Join the FBI or other law enforcement agencies and you could help investigate and stop white-collar financial crimes. Nothing boring about that.

Are you a pop culture junkie, movie addict or die-hard music fan? Turn your love of entertainment into a career as a CPA for big name stars, movie studios, musicians and authors. Botox is one way to have longevity in Hollywood, having an accountant who keeps you in the black is another.

Or maybe you’ll find that teaching accounting is more up your alley than actually being a CPA. An accounting professor is a worthwhile and satisfying career, and with demand for CPAs increasing, it’s also become a marketable one.

So there you have it. Just a few examples of career paths you can take that blow that bland stereotype out of the water. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your own exciting path, one no one has thought of yet.

What makes a great CPA?

  • Superb verbal, written and people skills
  • High standards of integrity
  • Gets the big picture and the small details
  • Solves problems creatively
  • Results and team-oriented
  • Multitasks and prioritizes well to meet deadlines
  • Good with numbers and managing money
  • Assesses the risks of investing, financing, and operating a business
  • Unquenchable curiosity, stays current on relevant business issues
  • Able to use technology with ease