How to become an Accountant

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Becoming an Accountant is a challenging, but rewarding career path that requires a variety of skills and qualifications.

What does an accountant do?

Accountants help businesses and individuals manage their finances by preparing financial statements, managing budgets, and calculating tax liabilities. They also provide advice on financial planning and investing.

The day to day role will vary depending on the type of accounting you specialise in. for example:

Management Accountants produce reports that help managers make decisions about how to run their business.

Financial Accountants prepare financial statements and report on a company's financial performance.

Tax Accountants calculate and file taxes for individuals and businesses.


You can become an accountant by taking a degree, followed by professional qualifications. Or you can work towards a degree apprenticeship as an accountancy or taxation professional. It's also possible to work your way up by starting out in a more junior role, for example as an accounting assistant, while working towards professional qualifications.

What to expect as an accountant?

Most accountants work in offices, although some may travel to visit clients. Accountants usually work 37 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Some employers offer flexible working hours.


As an accountant, you can progress to becoming a senior accountant or finance manager. With experience, you could move into other related roles such as financial analyst or auditor. You could also set up your own accounting practice.


The average salary for an accountant in the UK is £39,369 per year. Salaries range from £22,963 to £67,851 per year.

Where to find accountant jobs

You can find a range of accountant jobs on