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From the annuities to accruals, where there is money to be made,
balanced, saved or invested there will always be accountants.
Be in demand
With a consistently low unemployment rate and employment set to
increase over the next five years, accounting is an in-demand industry.
As long as businesses and individuals are interested in minimizing
expenses and documenting business transactions correctly and honestly,
the work of accountants will always be in demand. Accountants are much
more than just "bean counters", they're essential allies for
helping to guide people through the complex and ever-changing world of
tax and finance.
As an accountant you can work anywhere – there are even opportunities
to go global. You could choose to work in a large firm, in a
non-profit, for the government or start your own business. There are
few other professions that allow you this flexibility.
There is also room for growth and specialisation in this field, with
many accountants developing skills in areas such as auditing, risk
management and assurance service.
One thing is certain, when you choose a career in accounting you can
shape your career into whatever you want it to be.
Be an expert
How many people do you trust with your bank and financial details?
Possibly only your accountant? That's because they are trusted
financial experts. They help us navigate through financial waters and
often save us from drowning in debt and paperwork.
Anyone who has a box of receipts at the end of the financial year
knows that they can take the most basic of financial information and
make sense of it. No mean feat!
When you become an accountant your expert knowledge and ability to
use your logic will help people secure their financial future – this
is why the accounting industry is regarded so highly as a profession.
If you are still in high school you can actually begin your
accounting studies through the TVET program. TVET stands for
"TAFE-delivered vocational education and training" and
Business Services (which includes accounting) is one of the subject
you can choose. Studying a TVET subject is a great way to get a head
start for your future career (or work out if you like it or not!)
You could use Business Services towards your 10 units for the HSC and
when you successfully complete the course you'll be awarded
certificate qualification or statement of attainment, which is
nationally accredited and recognised. Speak to your school's career
advisor or visit our
If you're just starting on your career journey, the Certificate IV
in Accounting is the course for you. The certificate course has
no entry requirement and can be a good pathway to other accounting
courses, such as the degree, diploma and advanced diploma. The
Certificate IV is also available through TAFE Digital, our
For those of you who know that accountancy is the right fit, why not
get your degree with TAFE. We offer a three year degree, the
of Applied Commerce and Diploma of Applied Commerce, where you
can major in accounting or financial planning - or both!
We all like a challenge. Given that young people are expected to
change occupations many times throughout their careers, an industry
that provides opportunities for growth and continual learning is a
bonus. Legislative requirements, tax reform, compliance and new rules
and regulations ensure that you'll always be learning.
Move up in the profession and become a chief financial officer or
start your own business.
No matter what twists and turns your life takes you, training as an
accountant is one way of ensuring you'll always have a valuable
skillset to fall back on. Whether it's personal finances, small
businesses or large multinational companies, "balancing the
books" is something that's never going to go out of fashion.
Be Ambitious with TAFE NSW