When looking for savvy financial solutions, most accountants approach company issues from an operational standpoint. But the best accountants know that it’s vital to analyze data from an operational and technical point of view. In this blog, we’ll dissect technical accounting and its nuanced relationship with operational accounting.
Broadly speaking, technical accounting refers to the specialized knowledge and skills required to understand and apply complex accounting principles and standards in financial reporting. Technical accountants engage in a variety of tasks, such as monitoring and analyzing data, conducting research, identifying accounting risks and strategies, and staying up to speed with current laws and regulations.
Technical accounting is an ideal space for people who enjoy tackling tough problems, applying knowledge of accounting principles and regulations, and flexing their analytical skills. If you find yourself drawn to complex challenges and problem solving, you’ll likely enjoy technical accounting and the strategic thinking needed to succeed in this field.
Both operational and technical accounting are important for a company’s long-term success. Technical accounting relies on analysis and research to stay up to date on policy changes that might affect big-picture issues in a company. Operational accounting focuses more on day-to-day internal issues.
It’s wise to learn how to bridge these two types of accounting. As business models grow increasingly dynamic, accountants need to know both types of accounting in order to provide a sound analysis of company data.
Experience with the grind of closing out each month in operational accounting is an important prerequisite for anyone interested in technical accounting. The best technical accountants are fundamentally curious people, drawn to challenging problems that they can explore and solve.
Many companies now provide access to training for technical accounting, although they don’t always go by that name. If this is a field that interests you, look for training that provides more technical knowledge of your organization.
Another path is to simply get more involved. Sit in on meetings to enhance your knowledge of operations. Volunteer to write the first draft of a memo. Tell your supervisor that you’re interested in taking on new responsibilities. If you’ve proven yourself to be a reliable operations accountant, you will likely have to speak up if you want to stretch your skillset. Don’t be afraid to take that leap for yourself if you’re interested!
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