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Auditors investigate financial statements, accounting systems and procedures of companies to provide an opinion on whether the statements are an accurate view of the company's financial performance.

Where auditors are employed

Auditors work in offices, in their own business or in clients' organisations. They may need to travel to undertake their work. Hours are usually regular, although may be long when working to deadlines.

Pay

Full-time auditors in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for auditors

Job prospects

Employment opportunities for auditors are good, as businesses and government departments are required to have their financial systems audited every year. The number of people employed in this occupation is expected to remain stable or experience mild growth over the next few years. In 2011 there were 659 people employed full-time as auditors in South Australia compared with 479 in 2006.

How to become one

Usually you need to study accounting at university first. At school consider doing maths. For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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