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County or City Auditor

Overview: County and city auditors manage local government's financial activities associated with evaluating & recording property deeds, collecting and distributing monies, and compiling financial data transactions. They monitor all financial processes to assure honesty and accuracy.
Duties: Auditors design new methods to investigate the financial records of a municipal or county government to assure honest and accurate handling and recording of money transactions.

They design enhancements to the town or county's accounting system which enables government officials to detect any misuse of the government monies.

Auditors examine and investigate, often by surprise, the financial records of all persons involved in collecting and paying out the government funds and pinpoint suspicious persons.

They report to government agencies any mishandling of the community's or county's monies. They recommend accounting methods to eliminate future mis-handling.

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 county or city auditors will grow as fast as average through 2018. Most openings will occur to replace those who are retiring. Auditing is particularly suitable to automation which will reduce the demand for auditors.
Starting Salary: Auditors in large cities and counties earn higher salaries.
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 accounting firms and government agencies require applicants for auditor positions to have a bachelor's degree in accounting. A knowledge of computer-based accounting programs is essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • 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.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
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.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
  • 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.