The accountant's roles and responsibilities

An accountant has a wide range of roles and responsibilities. First and foremost, accountants must ensure that accounting and financial information is accurate and up-to-date. They are responsible for checking the accuracy of financial transactions, entering accounts, tax returns and any other accounting documents. The accountant must keep accounting records and maintain statistics on the company's financial statements. They must also ensure that taxes and social security contributions are paid on time. Other accounting tasks include bank reconciliation, preparation of financial statements, investment management, preparation of tax returns and internal and external audits. Accountants must also help plan and manage budgets and cash flows. Accountants are responsible for analysing data to help make business decisions, implementing accounting systems and automation tools, internal audits and relations with other entities, banks and suppliers. Finally, an accountant may also advise companies on financial strategies, investments and investment choices.

An accountant's salary and career development

An accountant's salary depends on his or her experience and skills. The average gross annual salary for an accountant in France is around €40,000. Here is a list of gross annual salary trends for accountants based on their years of experience:

  • 0 to 2 years: Approximately €32,000
  • 2 to 5 years: between €35,000 and €42,000
  • 5 to 10 years: between €43,000 and €50,000
  • 10 to 15 years: Between €51,000 and €59,000
  • Over 15 years: Between €60,000 and €65,000

An accountant can also envisage a career move into different professions. Here is a list of 5 possible professions:

  • Financial analyst ;
  • Asset manager ;
  • Chartered accountant
  • Wealth management consultant;
  • Management consultant.

Advantages and disadvantages of being an accountant


High salaries - On average, accountants earn well above average salaries.

Job opportunities - Accountants are constantly in demand and generally find employment easily.

Long-term career - Accountants have jobs that offer long-term career stability.

Working from home - Modern technology offers accountants the opportunity to work from home.

Flexibility - Accountants have the choice to use their skills in different types of jobs and sectors.


Stress - Accountants often work long hours and are under considerable pressure to meet deadlines.

High responsibility - Accountants are responsible for the accuracy of accounts and tax returns.

IT issues - Accountants need to be proficient with accounting technology and software.

Although accountants generally work regular hours, they may be required to work overtime at certain times of the year.

Accountants have to spend a lot of time managing documents and details, which can be boring and monotonous.

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