Accounting is about measuring, interpreting and communicating financial information.

Financial information is used by organisations, as well as by individuals, to help them control their resources and measure performance.

Studying in this area involves learning about how to access, analyse, interpret and communicate a variety of financial information.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

The earliest accounting records date back more than 7000 years to the Middle East for recording the growth of crops and herds.

In 1494 Luca Paciol – known as the 'father of accounting' – published the first detailed description of double-entry book-keeping.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Accountant
  • Accounting clerk
  • Auditor
  • Forensic accountant
  • Financial information systems controller
  • Financial consultant
  • Account executive
  • Investment advisor
  • Payroll clerk
  • Management consultant
  • Tax advisor
  • Valuer
  • Accounting teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


159% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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