Forensic accountants examine financial records and statements to determine if crimes such as fraud have occurred. Forensic accountants meet with government representatives, attorneys, or clients to gather information about a case. They do research and create a plan for their investigation. They may search bank statements, credit statements, journals, ledgers, and databases. They also read e-mails and memos.
After gathering records, forensic accountants often interview people involved in a case. Forensic accountants may also trace the assets of a company and summarize transactions. They prepare reports detailing their investigation.
To work as a forensic accountant, you must:
- have a high school diploma or GED;
- earn a bachelor's degree in accounting; and
- get 12 months on-the-job training with a forensic accountant; or
- earn a graduate degree in forensic accounting.
$63,550 per year
$30.55 per hour
13% (As fast as average)