Accountants and auditors held about 1.3 million jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most accountants and auditors were as follows:
Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services
Finance and insurance
Management of companies and enterprises
Most accountants and auditors work in offices, although some work from home. The work tends to be fast-paced and can be stressful. Although they complete much of their work alone, they sometimes work in teams with other accountants and auditors. Accountants and auditors may travel to their clients' places of business.
Most accountants and auditors work full time. In 2014, about 1 in 5 worked more than 40 hours per week. Longer periods of work are typical at certain times of the year, such as at the end of the budget year or during tax season.