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Systems Accountant

Overview: Systems accountants design and install customized accounting methods in organizations which are too complex to use off-the-shelf accounting systems. They specify the kinds of financial records, computer processing programs and reports needed by the organization's managers.
Duties: Systems accountants assess an organization's accounting needs by surveying the organization's executives and managers. They decide what kind of accounting reports are needed for effective business decisions.

Systems accountants design flow charts to describe the actual steps needed to capture the organization's new data, analyze the data and generate summary reports for use by management. They determine what kinds of mathematical and statistical methods are needed to analyze the raw data and supervise computer programmers who write the programs needed to implement a new system.

Systems accountants design the computer generated reports that can be printed for executives or displayed into the company computer system and assure the accounting process complies with accounting standards.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Accounting 
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of systems accountants is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018. An increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws, greater accountability, and corporate governance regulations will drive growth.
Salary Range (National Average): $43,000 to $47,000
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. An in depth knowledge of computer-based accounting systems is mandatory.
Recommended Skills:
  • Writing computer programs to perform specific information handling operations.
  • 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.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.

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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.