More than just the Big 4 – job options for accountants who think outside the box

  • Staff Reporter | May 10, 2018
There are lots of career paths and job options for accountants

What does your dream career look like?

Are you suited up in a big city or are you working close to home to beat the school traffic? Do you want variety from your clients or would you rather get to know one key player? Are you even based in Australia? These are just some of the options open to qualified accountants depending on what kind of firm you choose to work with. 

Accounting firm

Accountants are spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a firm, with over 33,000 dedicated accounting firms operating in Australia in 2017.  


The Big 4 firms – Deloitte, PwC, EY and KPMG – offer a broad range of services, including audit, tax, consulting, enterprise risk and financial advisory, and hire thousands of accountants in Australia and worldwide. There’s a lot of room for growth, professional development and advancement, and competition for roles can be intense. 

Smaller firms offer a more boutique experience for employees and a potential to grow into a Partner role in the future. Often, these smaller firms will specialise in areas such as tax, small/medium business or personal finance, which really allows job seekers to tailor their search to their career interests. 

In-house accounts 

One of the great benefits of in-house accounting is that you can work in any industry – you could find yourself working anywhere from a film studio, shipping company or football club. 

Working in accounts will really fast-track your understanding of the business as you’ll see all areas of the operation come together through the books. This understanding could potentially see you rise through the ranks and into management. 

Work for yourself

A reliable bookkeeper is worth their weight in gold, and lots of small businesses outsource their accounting and tax responsibilities to independent accountants and bookkeepers, which helps keep costs down. 

Being a freelance bookkeeper offers great flexibility and fairly predictable flow of work from your clients. You can even work from home! 

You’ll need an excellent grasp of bookkeeping principles and software – a Certificate IV in Accounting is a great way to get started. 

SME's turn to their accountants to perform an impressive selection of different professional services

Head overseas

Looking for a bit more adventure from your accounting career? An accounting qualification puts you in a great position to take your career overseas since the principles of finance and bookkeeping are the same wherever you are in the world. 

Laws and regulations for becoming accredited overseas will vary, but Australian-trained accountants are enjoying careers everywhere, from Hong Kong to London. 

Make it happen!

The first thing you’ll need to get started on your career is a quality qualification in accounting. Australia has a number of great Registered Training Organisations where you can learn the skills you’ll need to build a great career. Find out more.