Forensic Accountant

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)


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