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An auditor needs at least a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field. Some employers prefer to hire applicants who have a master's degree, either in accounting or in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Certification within a specific field of accounting improves job prospects. For example, many auditors earn a professional accounting designation (e.g., Certified Public Accountant in the U.S., Chartered Accountant in Canada).

An auditor must be able to identify issues in documentation and suggest solutions. For example, public auditors use analytical skills in their work to minimize tax liability, and internal auditors do so when identifying fraudulent use of funds. Auditors must be able to listen carefully to facts and concerns from clients, managers, and others. They must also be able to discuss the results of their work in both meetings and written reports.

An auditor must pay attention to detail when compiling and examining documentation, and be able to analyze, compare, and interpret facts and figures, although complex math skills are not necessary. Strong organizational skills are important for auditors who often work with a range of financial documents for a variety of clients.

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Auditors by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 1599 CareerExplorer users

Are Auditors happy?


Auditors rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 4th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Auditor Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Auditors

The most common degree held by Auditors is Accounting. 43% of Auditors had a degree in Accounting before becoming Auditors. That is over 23 times the average across all careers. Business Management And Administration graduates are the second most common among Auditors, representing 16% of Auditors in the CareerExplorer user base, which is 2.5 times the average.

Auditor Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming an Auditor, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Auditors % of population Multiple
Accounting 43.0% 1.9% 23.2×
Business Management And Administration 16.5% 6.5% 2.5×
Finance 15.9% 2.1% 7.6×
Economics 13.1% 4.0% 3.3×
Business 7.0% 2.6% 2.7×
Mathematics 3.4% 1.9% 1.8×
Marketing And Marketing Research 2.9% 2.2% 1.4×
International Business 2.8% 1.0% 2.8×
Psychology 2.8% 7.0% 0.4×
English Literature 2.7% 4.9% 0.5×
Information Systems 2.2% 0.5% 4.2×
Business Economics 2.0% 0.8% 2.5×
Management Information Systems 1.8% 0.4% 4.3×
History 1.7% 2.3% 0.7×
Biology 1.5% 3.6% 0.4×
Foreign Language Studies 1.3% 1.3% 1.0×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.3% 1.6% 0.8×
Political Science 1.3% 2.9% 0.4×
Computer Science 1.1% 3.0% 0.4×
Sociology 1.1% 2.1% 0.5×

Auditor Education Levels

57% of Auditors have a bachelor's degree. 43% of Auditors have a master's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 0%
Bachelor's degree 57%
Master's degree 43%
Doctorate degree 0%

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Career Attributes

  • $62,027
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