How does the government spend taxpayer money? Ask a government accountant or auditor. They help create budgets, track costs, and analyze publicly funded programs, making sure money is both collected and spent as required by law.
If you’re to succeed in this career, you’ll need to understand the complexities of the nation’s many tax laws inside and out. Though you may not gain popularity points as an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service, you’ll have the satisfaction of playing a crucial role in the country’s smooth functioning.
Government accountants and auditors maintain and examine the records of government agencies. They also audit private businesses and individuals whose activities are regulated or taxed.
As a government accountant or auditor you might work for the FBI, evaluating financial information uncovered in criminal investigations.
Conscientious, analytical, good at math, and able to work with business systems and computers. Accountants and auditors must also be good at working with people and communicating the results of their work.
You can become a certified government financial manager after you've worked for two years with a federal, state, or local agency.