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Budget Accountant

Overview: Budget accountants estimate future revenues and expenses of organizations in order to prepare new budgets. They analyze records of present and past operations, costs trends, estimated and actual revenues and management commitments. They install accounting procedures to control the budgets.
Duties: Budget accountants design and develop new accounting methods to monitor and control an organization's budgeting of funds for specific projects and operations.

They track an organization's daily expenses and revenues to determine whether they are proceding according to early plans and objectives.

Budget accountants advise executives and department managers when their expenditures are in excess of the amounts budgeted and what kind of cut-backs are needed.

They make projections for next year's budget based on the flow of expenditures and revenues from current business operations. They advise management of irregularities in requests for funds.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Accounting 
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of budget accountants is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. Growth is spurred by the need for greater attention to budget planning and financial control and for the need to replace workers who are retiring.
Salary Range (National Average): $40,000 to $45,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Most public accounting firms, business organizations and government agencies require applicants for accounting and internal audit positions to have at least a bachelor's degree in accounting. Most employers require that applicants be familiar with computer based accounting systems.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Determining how much money is required to get a job done, allocating those monies, and then accounting for all expenditures.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.