Accountants and Auditors

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Accountants and Auditors

Accountants and Auditors - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, accountants and auditors:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They work with customers, other accountants and auditors, and office staff. In general, auditors have more contact with customers than accountants do.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
  • Communicate via e-mail, telephone, and face-to-face discussions on a daily basis. They also write letters and memos.
  • Usually work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Mainly work indoors.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors could cause clients to lose money.
  • Repeat the same mental tasks.
  • Plan most of their own tasks, priorities, and goals without talking with a supervisor.
  • Make most decisions without talking with a supervisor. These decisions can greatly affect their clients.
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  • Work in a moderately competitive environment. Spring (tax season) is very busy.


  • May work over 50 hours per week, especially if self-employed.
  • May work long hours from January to April, if specializing in tax preparation.
  • May travel frequently to visit the offices of clients.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.