Expository Essay

Ebonee Martin
November 28, 2006
Expository Essay

Accounting for Dummies
      Excelling in math, having an aptitude for analyzing figures, and excellent verbal and written communication skills, I chose to explore the profession of accounting. I know several people who have acquired a degree in Accounting and I thought it to be an interesting career. After researching the field, it is known that accounting is the number one major on college campuses. This field is continually evolving and an accounting career can offer a seriously challenging future.
      Accounting is the measurement, disclosure or provision of assurance about financial information that helps managers, investors, tax authorities and other decision makers make resource allocation decisions. Basically, they help ensure that the nation’s accounting firms are run efficiently. Along with making sure they are run efficiently they make sure public records are kept accurately, and taxes paid properly and on time. Stating that I want a career in accounting is too broad, however, because there are various types of categories within this field. Some are public, management, government accounting, and internal auditing.
      Public accountants perform a broad range tasks: accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting activities for their clients, which may be for corporations, governments, nonprofit organizations, or individuals. Public accountants, most of whom are Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), usually contain their own businesses or work for public accounting firms. An example would be some public accountants concentrating on tax matters such as preparing individual tax returns. Others give advice on employee health care benefits and the selection process to safeguard assets. Along with giving advice they also audit clients’ financial statements and inform investors that the statements have been correctly prepared and reported. Some public accountants specialize in investigating and interpreting...