We surveyed 1,477 tax preparers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical tax preparer. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a tax preparer?

Low

High

Working as a tax preparer typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a tax preparer?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a tax preparer typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a tax preparer?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a tax preparer. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for tax preparers.

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Do tax preparers work full-time or part-time?

59% of tax preparers work in full-time roles while 41% work part-time.

Is being a tax preparer stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst tax preparers, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a tax preparer?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a tax preparer.

How competitive is the workplace for tax preparers?

Low

High

Tax preparers see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a tax preparer require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Tax preparers will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.

Are tax preparers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Tax preparers rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do tax preparers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Tax preparers tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a tax preparer physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a tax preparers is rarely physically demanding, making it a suitable option for those unable to perform physically strenuous tasks.

Are tax preparers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Tax preparers tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a tax preparer require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for tax preparers.

Does being a good tax preparer require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a tax preparer.