While a career in accounting can be the perfect path for some, it isn’t unusual for professionals to explore different paths. Luckily for accountants, experience in accounting can be one of the most beneficial assets for exploring different career opportunities.
Experienced accounting professionals and those graduating with a degree in the profession are in high demand. In fact, a 2015 study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that the top two in-demand bachelor’s degrees are finance and accounting – with 56 percent of respondents planning to hire a candidate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Below are five examples of nontraditional careers for accountants looking for a change.
1. Business Analyst
As an accountant, you’re constantly working with company data – such as profits and losses. These metrics, however, are just one piece of a larger puzzle. For organizations to be successful, they need to be able to see the forest and the trees.
This is where business analysts come in. Business analysts are responsible for synthesizing data from multiple sources to help the organization see how different initiatives fit together.
Those looking to transition into this field will want to learn at least one programming language, such as Python, and hone statistical skills.
About Kathy Gans
Kathy Gans is senior vice president at Accounting Principals, a recruitment service for accounting, finance and banking professionals.