Accountants work with large amounts of numerical data, handle multiple tasks with deadlines and provide transparent and complete reports to management. If you are interested in this field, you should have a firm grasp of accounting and financial practices and possess strong computer, verbal and written communication skills.
Accountants often specialize in particular areas of practice including audit, taxation, corporate finance, forensic accountancy and managerial accounting.
The Job Scope
- Compiling, analyzing and reporting financial data to managers, investors and other entities
- Maintaining precise financial record
- Administrating payrolls and company’s income expenditure
- Performing audits and resolving financial discrepancies
- Providing accurate financial forecast, budget planning and risk analysis
Communication and interpersonal skills
Able to manage deadlines effectively
Professional Papers in Accounting
It is not necessary to do a postgraduate course in Accounting or to be a Chartered Accountant. However, due to a lot of competition in this field with hundreds of graduates each year, it is best to take the professional examination. Plus, if you do take the examination after your undergraduate degree, you will be exempted from taking a few papers.
Associated of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA)
STPM/A-Levels2 Principal Passes
SPM/O-levels5 Credits including English and Mathematics
Degree in Accounting
A-LevelMinimum of 2 passes in 2 subjects
STPMMinimum Grade C in any 2 subjects‘
Matriculation/Foundation studiesMinimum of CGPA 2.50
South Australian MatriculationTertiary Entrance Rank (TER) 70 and Grade B in relevant subjects
Canadian Pre-UniversityAn average of 70% in 6 relevant subjects
Unified Examination CertificateGrade B in 5 subjects
Foundation studies leading to Accounting
SPM / O-LevelMinimum requirement for admission is 5 credits, including Mathematics and a pass in BM and History
Fresh graduate accounts can expect a salary ranging between RM2,200 to RM3,600 a month. Many are quick to assume the big 4 accounting firms, Ernst and Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Deloitte, pay the best, however this is not the case. These accounting firms pay a little less provided they offer unparalleled training and experience.
Senior Accountants who have 3 to 6 years of experience would make approximately RM5,000 a month.
A Senior Manager is one who has over 10+ years of experience in the accounting field. An accountant can take up a managerial position in various financial departments such as financial manager, financial controller and finance director. Salaries may vary greatly depending on the certificates obtained ranging from RM 12,000 to RM20,000.