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Does an accountant get to travel a lot?

I am currently an accounting major and one thing that I desire to do is travel and work aboard. Thus, I am wondering if accountants get to travel often? What type/focus of accountants usually gets to travel? accounting travel accountant financial-accounting traveling

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R. Scott’s Answer

My wife is an accountant, and we are both Executive Platinum due to work travel. But she travels a lot more then I do. She is in Penang right now! But, generally speaking you won't really start travelling the world like this until you are an executive with a global team. On the other hand, if you go into audit for a global company or big 6, you will likely travel globally at a very early age. Ask questions to find out during the interview. One great thing about an accounting degree, is you can be in Finance (controller, CFO org, Pricer) or Accounting, but if you get a business degree, you can't get a job in Accounting.

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Ryan’s Answer

Depending on the company you work for, there can be significant travel, especially in the public accounting field. This can be a perk early on in your career, however there are many local firms where there is less of a demand to travel as well.
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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Esther! I am currently a Risk Assurance Associate at PwC, a public accounting firm. In the Risk Assurance group at PwC, we have an Internal Audit practice where companies hire PwC to be part of their Internal Audit department. This group does travel quite a lot. I have coworkers who have traveled to places all over the world and some of these people travel 50 - 75% of the time. I typically work to support our financial statement audit engagements and for that I only travel to the client site locally. Depending on the amount of traveling you want, I know that opportunities do exist within public accounting. It has been in my experience though that people in Core Assurance and Tax do not typically travel, but that does not mean that it couldn't happen. Traveling is definitely possible within public accounting and is a great start to anyone who is just graduating from college!

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Thomas’s Answer

Recognizing this question was posted in 2017, I thought I'd provide some perspective based on recent developments in the world. Prior to 2020, I travelled at least 50% of the time for client work. Sometimes the travel was bigger trips (Chicago to Switzerland for example), but most of the time, the travel was much closer to home (2-3 hrs drive) and consistent week to week (going back to the same client week after week). While there are certainly pros and cons of frequent travel, it can be challenging to balance with personal commitments at home. However, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the profession has become much more comfortable with remote teaming, and I expect the amount of travel required going forward will be lower due to the technology available. I expect we will eventually get back to a middle ground between the levels of travel pre-pandemic and post and there will be plenty of opportunities to travel if that's what you're interested in.
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Shante’s Answer

Esther,


I think R. Scott Sanders, summarized it perfectly. I am an accountant but not on the executive level and I don't travel at all. I would love to do so i am working my way into working my way up the ladder to do so. It all depends on the field of accounting you choose to work in which will determine if you travel or not.


Good luck!

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