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Accountants and Tax Specialists are financial experts who advise businesses and individuals. People who work in this sector handle the tricky details of their client’s finances. Every organisation needs accountants, whether it’s a small charity, a bank or a globe-straddling multinational cooperation. Taxes are straightforward for most people, but for businesses that operate in multiple countries, or people who are self-employed, advice on managing tax is extremely important.

Skills

    maths, attention to detail, teamwork, creating & following processes, prioritising work, problem solving, time management, researching information, budgeting, complying with regulations, project management,

Key Facts

3-3 ˝
number of years experience graduates need to become a Chartered Accountant
3
minimum number of years experience to become a certified public accountant
100%
employment rate of recent CPA graduates
19-35
wage range of graduate roles in taxation

Labour Market Information

Employment growth was low for accountants & tax experts, and, indeed, declined in the most recent year. Declines in employment levels are expected to continue as some tasks become automated, although as it is such a large sector there will continue to be many job opportunities, arising from the need to replace staff who have changed jobs or retired.

Some shortages were identified for accountants with experience in regulation and compliance; these shortages are considered to be niche and require industry specific experience.

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If you want to know more about working in the in the sector, hear what the experts have to say.

Accounting Technician

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Chartered Accountancy

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Chartered Accountancy
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Accounting Technician Apprenticeship
Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

  • Level 6 Qualification
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Becoming a Student
Becoming a Student

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Third-Level Tax Scholarship
Third-Level Tax Scholarship

  • For Leaving Cert Students 
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  • A place on the Chartered Tax Adviser Programme 

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Posted by Irish Tax Institute

Career Interview Videos...

Ryan Basquel - Audit Assistant
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Ryan Basquel - Audit Assistant

Lucy Maher - Changing Careers to Accountancy
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Lucy Maher - Changing Careers to Accountancy

Caroline Austin - Senior Associate Solicitor
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Caroline Austin - Senior Associate Solicitor

Anna Holohan  - Tax Manager
Posted by Irish Tax Institute

Anna Holohan - Tax Manager

College Course Videos...

Business - Waterford Institute of Technology
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Business - Waterford Institute of Technology

GY207 - Commerce - Accounting - NUI Galway
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GY207 - Commerce - Accounting - NUI Galway

Accounting GA181 - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT
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Accounting GA181 - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT

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