Median Salary: $70,500
Education Required: Bachelor’s degree
Accountants may be self-employed, work for accounting firms or be employed directly by businesses or the government. Regardless of their employer, these professionals are often responsible for maintaining financial records, preparing tax forms and creating statements. It’s work that, in many cases, can be done easily from the comfort of home.
While accountants only need a bachelor’s degree, those who want to become a certified public accountant will need an extra year of schooling and have to pass a rigorous series of exams. In exchange, these accountants can earn higher incomes and may have better job prospects, according to the BLS.