If the word ‘accountant’ brings to mind a bespectacled number cruncher who works at a dull and dreary office, you’re about to be enlightened. Accountants these days get to mingle with the stars, work hand in hand with sporting figures and track shadowy criminals, just by making the most of their much-needed knowledge.
Here are 5 unusual yet interesting jobs in accounting that’ll make you want to sign up for an ACCA course immediately!
#1. Forensic accountant
Think of yourself as a crime scene investigator, except that the clues to your mystery lie buried in financial records instead of fingerprints and DNA.
Forensic accountants are the Sherlock Holmes of the finance world — they investigate tax evaders, embezzlers, insider traders and insurance fraudsters for government organisations, law enforcement agencies and big accounting firms.
If fighting crime armed with numbers is your cup of tea, being a forensic accountant will be the perfect job for you.
#2. Entertainment accountant
Yes, even the glitz and glam of showbiz requires accountants who are good at recording every ringgit and sen spent in the name of entertainment.
These accountants are tapped by TV and movie studios, theatre companies as well as record labels to plan production budgets, negotiate royalty payments and file taxes.
If they’re lucky enough, some entertainment accountants are able to get a little closer to the elite celebrity circle by working directly for entertainers as business managers or advisors. Imagine handling every aspect of your favourite celeb’s financials — you would have no choice but to work very closely with them to ensure everything is in order. #DreamComeTrue
#3. Sports accountant
It’s not easy to become a sports accountant, but if you manage to get in, count yourself lucky. You’ll be slam dunking numbers for your favourite sports team or athlete — what’s not to like?
Accountants for sports teams use their specialised accounting knowledge to manage merchandising revenue, budgets, team payroll and other expenses. Advising teams about the financial impact of player salaries and trades is also part and parcel of the job.
Let’s not forget about professional athletes who need accountants too. Accountants help these sporting superstars by assisting with contract negotiations, complying with complex tax regulations and planning their financial future to maximise long-term wealth.
As a sports accountant, digits are important balls in your court, so knock it out of the park!
#4. Fashion accountant
If you speak Prada as well as cost accounting and accounts management, it’s time to walk down the fashion accountant runway.
With the industry’s particularly long cash flow cycle, you’ll need to make sure the fashion house or designer you’re working for has the funding to keep afloat during the period between production and sales.
The numbers side of the apparel business also includes handling funding for long-term purchasing of materials and coordination of overall financial plans (budgets, forecasts, stock count and revenue recording) to ensure the brand has a bright future and a good reputation.
#5. Environmental accountant
While ditching plastic bags for reusable totes is one step to going green, why not take it a step further by using your accounting skills to help look after the environment? Yes, this is possible.
As an environmental accountant, you’ll help large corporations (notorious for prioritising the money trail above everything else) find ways to reduce energy costs and manage pollution.
Expect plenty of consulting to ensure companies follow environmental-friendly practices without spending too much. This includes overseeing the budget for constructing green buildings or suggesting alternative cost-effective chemicals or products.
And there you have it! Being an accountant doesn’t mean you’re resigned to a dusty corner in an accounting firm constantly churning out numbers for banks or other boring corporations. With these 5 unusual accounting jobs, a career in accountancy is sure to be exciting!
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