Accountant job profile

What does an accountant do?

As an accountant you will be responsible for preparing accounts, budgeting and managing financial information. You could also be advising and helping clients, whether that’s individuals or international companies, on financial situations.

Accountants core responsibilities are typically to prepare and examine financial records, assuring information is up to date and accurate. However, you could specialise in particular areas such as forensic accounting or taxation or focus on more specific areas of a company's financial department.

Duties of an accountant

Typical accountant duties and responsibilities include:

  • Preparing accounts and tax returns
  • Monitoring spending and budgets
  • Auditing and analysing financial performance
  • Financial forecasting and risk analysis
  • Advising on how to reduce costs and increase profits
  • Compiling and presenting financial and budget reports
  • Ensure that financial statements and records comply with laws and regulations
  • Keeping account books and systems up to date.

Accountant working environment and hours

Accountants generally work in an office environment between 9 and 5. This can vary depending on your job role and who you work for. However, accountants typically work longer hours during busy times of the year, such as the end of the tax month and end of the financial year.

If you work for a large firm, you will often be based in their offices and work closely with the finance, management and operations teams. Sometimes, local and international travel could be required to visit clients if you work at an accounting firm or run your own practice.

If you are self-employed, or have flexibility with your employer, you could have the opportunity to work from home.

Keys skills to become an accountant

Beyond qualifications and training, an accountant job description is likely to include some or all of the following skills:

Enhanced numerical and quantitative skills

These are key as you will be dealing with all aspects of finance such as budgets and forecasting.

Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills

You need strong analytical skills and excellent attention to detail as you will be analysing financial performance and handling important documents. You will also be dealing with complex data sets.

Time management and organisation

Working in accountancy means you will be dealing with strict deadlines and you will need to have a system to keep track of your responsibilities and priorities.

Communication

Not only will you have to communicate with different teams, you will also frequently have to communicate with clients. You will need to be able to communicate complex information in a clear and understandable way.

Salary

How much does a physiotherapist earn?

In the National Health Service in the UK, starting salaries for qualified physiotherapists range from £23-29,000. Private sector physiotherapists can earn significantly more. In a management role, you could earn up to £60,000. 

Qualifications and training to become a physiotherapist

There are three main routes to choose from to qualify as a physiotherapist:


  1. Bachelors degree - you can study for a BSc in Physiotherapy at many UK universities.

  2. Masters degree - if you have an undergraduate degree in a related field (such as health sciences) you can study for a MSc in Physiotherapy.

  3. Degree apprenticeship - you can study for a BSc in Physiotherapy while working in a registered practice.

Physiotherapist career path

As a physiotherapist, you will have a range of options for career progression and specialisation. Some physiotherapists split their time between different job roles. 

If you choose to work in the public sector, you could work in a variety of departments including occupational health, orthopaedics and intensive care. You may work in a hospital department, a GP surgery, or a care home. You could also specialise in sports therapy, becoming the resident physiotherapist for a sports team, or help armed service veterans with rehabilitation. 

Working in the private sector, you will have the opportunity to take on your own clients and, if you choose, open your own practice after you have gained enough experience.