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Learn about the most important skills for Accountants. Also, find out how proficient you have to be in each skill.

Importance*More Info
1.Mathematics72
Active Listening72
3.Writing69
Reading Comprehension69
5.Critical Thinking66
Speaking66
7.Judgment and Decision Making62
8.Time Management60
Complex Problem Solving60
10.Active Learning56
* Importance out of 100

Score Key
  Importance for success in this profession
  Level of proficiency needed

Skill Area Scores

Mathematics
Using mathematics to solve problems.
72
54
Count the amount of change to be given to a customerCalculate the square footage of a new home under constructionDevelop a mathematical model to simulate and resolve an engineering problem
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
72
52
Take a customer's orderAnswer inquiries regarding credit referencesPreside as judge in a complex legal disagreement
Writing
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
69
48
Take a telephone messageWrite a memo to staff outlining new directivesWrite a novel for publication
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
69
54
Read step-by-step instructions for completing a formRead a memo from management describing new personnel policiesRead a scientific journal article describing surgical procedures
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
66
55
Determine whether a subordinate has a good excuse for being lateEvaluate customer complaints and determine appropriate responsesWrite legal brief challenging a federal law
Speaking
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
66
52
Greet tourists and explain tourist attractionsInterview applicants to obtain personal and work historyArgue a legal case before the Supreme Court
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
62
50
Decide how scheduling a break will affect work flowEvaluate a loan application for degree of riskDecide whether a manufacturing company should invest in new robotics technology
Time Management
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
60
41
Keep a monthly calendar of appointmentsAllocate the time of subordinates to projects for the coming weekAllocate the time of scientists to multiple research projects
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
60
46
Lay out tools to complete a jobRedesign a floor layout to take advantage of new manufacturing techniquesDevelop and implement a plan to provide emergency relief for a major metropolitan area
Active Learning
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
56
48
Think about the implications of a newspaper article for job opportunitiesDetermine the impact of new menu changes on a restaurant's purchasing requirementsIdentify the implications of a new scientific theory for product design