Finance and accounting roles

Finance is at the heart of every business so there are a variety of exciting roles available.  Whatever industry you are interested in – sport, politics, health, engineering, charity – they all need people in financial roles.

Disney, the Premier League or even Parliament. All are pretty exciting places to work, and all need finance professionals.

Finding a job that’s right for you

AAT accounting qualifications cover three different levels: Foundation, Advanced and Professional. Whichever you undertake, you’ll be qualified for a wide range of job roles.

  • Foundation Certificate in Accounting
    After sitting the introductory certificate you’ll be qualified for a number of entry level roles, including accounts administrator, accounts assistant, payroll officer, sales ledger clerk and tax trainee and could earn on average £20,000 a year.*   
  • Advanced Diploma in Accounting
    After sitting an advanced qualification, you can consider careers such as assistant accountant, audit trainee, bookkeeper, credit controller and payroll supervisor and could earn on average £19,000 a year.* 
  • Professional Diploma in Accounting
    After sitting a professional qualification you can consider careers such as senior finance officer, senior bookkeeper, tax supervisor and VAT accountant and could earn on average £21,000 a year.* 

If you want to move further up the career ladder, you can always advance onto the next qualification.

*These salaries represent the average (median) for AAT members (Non-AAT Licensed Accountants) working full-time and are taken from the AAT Salary Survey 2019. 

Travelling the world with finance

Rob Jones’ AAT Accounting Qualification allows him to travel the world, first in his role as Financial Director with multinational company Alstom and now as head of his own recruitment firm.

“I got to see a lot of the world, learn about other cultures and make friends for life along the way. I was always travelling to different factories, different offices all over Europe.

“I think it’s a part of accountancy that many don’t appreciate. You can do accountancy and lead an exciting lifestyle. The sky’s really the limit!”

Fashion and finance

Shandrae Sampson combines her love of fashion with finance in her role as finance co-ordinator for the British Fashion Council.

“I mainly deal with sales, invoicing sponsors and fashion companies that appear at our shows. We organise London Fashion Week and the British Fashion Awards, among other events. I issue invoices and chase them, as well as making sure our cash flow is steady.

“Part of my job involves going backstage and helping make sure models turn up and designers are happy. It gets me out of the office and connects me with what the organisation is about. You see the collections before the rest of the world and meet the celebrities that come backstage.”

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