Many unusual jobs for accountants are to be found in almost every possible industry. This means that accounting professionals may find themselves working in legal, production, human resources and supply chain departments. Regardless of the career uniqueness, almost all accounting professionals will have a bachelor’s degree related to finance or accounting.
Some human resources specialists only deal with payroll, benefits and compensation. They may work closely with all department managers to coordinate and process insurance claims. For example, many small to medium sized businesses that sponsor insurance plans must track and trend insurance costs in order to save money and find the best coverage. They may also handle workers’ compensation, vendor invoicing, expense accounts and long- and short-term disability payments. These HR specialists may code, track and analyze payroll for multiple locations and partner companies. If so, they must ensure the timely and accurate payment of invoice, wire and funding requests. They may have to collect, review and verify weekly time cards for labor-based departments. These accounting professionals may be required to maintain a knowledge of labor laws, payroll procedures, union rules, inter-company loans, petty cash accounts and credit card statements
Capital Markets Researcher
A capital markets researcher will have experience with equity data gathering and analysis. These researchers perform extensive research and analysis of target capital markets. They may be asked to create, maintain and update financial models, programs and databases. A capital markets researcher must acquire in-depth industry knowledge in order to appropriately contribute to financial and market research teams. They may have consistent interactions with senior analysts, finance executives, management teams, institutional clients and sales traders. Capital markets researchers will conduct extensive industry and competitor analysis through financial modeling, data sourcing, proprietary analysis, earnings results and long-term recommendations. They often participate in executive management meetings in order to understand and develop exclusive resources, industry contacts and supportive relationships. Equity research and financial modeling requires solid Excel and database skills. It also requires good organizational, time management and written communication skills.
Fixed Asset Specialist
A fixed asset specialist will oversee general ledger and journal entry preparation for assigned accounts or business areas. They may focus on FERC analysis, joint venture reporting, month-end preparations and account reconciliations for fixed assets and capital projects. This means that they must regularly research, investigate and resolve fixed assets and capital projects issues. For example, they may investigate accounting discrepancies related to projects, requests, operations and field personnel. A fixed asset specialist may provide policy advice and accounting support for regulatory specialists. They may also provide support for financial reporters, internal auditors, external stakeholders and capital policy compliance consultants. Fixed asset specialists may be asked to ensure compliance with internal controls, implement improvement initiatives and promote interdepartmental teamwork. Fixed asset specialists should have experience handling multiple projects and balancing multiple priorities in fast-paced environments.
Some accountants who pursue a master’s degree and teaching licensure may end up teaching online or face-to-face introductory, intermediate and advanced accounting courses. These accounting professionals must know how to clearly, correctly and effectively communicate complex subject matter. They will also maintain active research and scholarship in accounting areas. The unusual jobs for accountants also includes financial aid administrator, corporate trainer, hotel comptroller, production costing assistant and systems support analyst.