Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) are financial wizards who help individuals and organizations of all kinds create solutions for handling their budgets and bills, their taxes, and their financial health. CPAs are extremely skilled professionals who can sift through the difficult and obtuse tax codes to find ways to save money for their employers, whether they are individuals filing personal returns, or corporations. CPAs can also specialize in forensic accounting or personal finance.
Before you can find a job as a CPA, you have to be licensed. All states in the United States require anyone who calls themselves a CPA to pass a four-stage exam. Some states require CPAs to gain work experience before they become certified as well. Passing this exam will take time and preparation, but once you’re certified, you can use the title CPA and start looking for organizations that need good accountants. You can also set up your own business and work for people on a client-to-client basis.
No matter what you choose to do, you will likely see many opportunities come your way once you start advertising your services as a CPA. The demand for good CPAs for individuals and organizations has never been higher. With extensive financial regulations becoming law since 2008, people who can understand legal changes to tax code and other financial laws have become much more valuable.
Barry Dufrene is a CPA based in Morgan City, Louisiana. After 32 years of working for the Parish of St. Mary, Dufrene now works for Yellow Fin Marine Services.