Accounting Careers

Professional accountants use their knowledge, communication skills and business savvy to ensure positive financial outcomes for individuals, start-ups or organisations.

As an accountant, you’ll use your critical thinking skills, and ability to crunch numbers, inform business plans, and assess finances to help clients across varied industries. It’s a career that could take you anywhere and leads to opportunities in field such as: 

  • assurance service,
  • consulting services,
  • forensic accounting,
  • international accounting,
  • strategic management,
  • taxation and
  • financial, planning.

Labour Market Insights (2022) is projecting strong jobs growth for accountants with an additional 17,900 jobs expected by 2026.

Skills and traits

A career in accounting will see you develop strong communication skills, be an active listener, use maths to help solve problems and think strategically. 

  • Great with numbers
  • Strong communicator
  • Ethical
  • Ability to build rapport with clients
  • A strategic thinker who offers sound advice
  • Attention to detail and clerical skills
  • Work independently or as part of a team
CQU Student Monique Geiszler talks about her experiences studying accounting at our Rockhampton campus.


My name is Monique and I'm studying a Bachelor of Accounting.

So in high school, I really enjoyed accounting as a subject and got really good grades in the class, so it made sense to just do the subject I liked at university and go from there.

I picked the major in financial planning 'cause it looked the most interesting.

The financial planning units have taught me a lot just in my personal life as well, 'cause they cover, you know, retirement, superannuation, insurance, so all of those sort of things I know now for myself as well as to help others in my career.

Teachers have been really helpful if, like you know, if I have had extra commitments with work and haven't quite finished something, they usually understanding that I am working full time and they sometimes are a little bit lenient and give me you know extra couple of days to get something and if I do need it, so that's been really great as well.

There's always a lot of teachers and staff willing to give you a hand if you need it if something is too much, they're happy to break it down.

I've had teachers that have been willing to sit into a one-on-one zoom session with me so that I can ask them questions and understand it better.

In my first year they actually had the ALC come to us for a couple of classes and just go over how to reference and a few things like that.

I've also used the peer assisted study sessions that CQUniversity offers. And so they were really nice to hear from another student perspective and get that learning as well. 

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    My parents were very supportive, and they motivated me to study abroad and experience life in another country. I knew Australia was a safe country. Applying to CQUni was quick. I also received credits for my previous studies.

    Sara Manka

    Bachelor of Accounting, Albania

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