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accountant
someone who maintains and audits business accounts
accounting clerk
is an entry level job that can vary from specializing in one part of the system to doing a wide range of task
for-profit business
operate to earn money for their owners
not-for-profit organizations
operate for purposes other than making a profit
public accounting firms
provide clients a variety of accounting services including independent audit
audit
is the review of a company's accounting systems and finacial statements to confirm that they follow generally accepted a accounting principles
certified public accountant (CPA)
is an accountant who has met certain eduacation and experience requirements and passed a national test