Tax Preparers

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What do they do?

Prepare tax returns for individuals or small businesses.

Also known as:

Certified Income Tax Preparer (CTP), Corporate Tax Preparer, Enrolled Agent, Income Tax Preparer, Master Tax Advisor, Tax Advisor, Tax Associate, Tax Consultant, Tax Preparer, Tax Professional, Tax Specialist

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Tax Preparers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Tax Preparers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 2.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #31 in job growth rate
  • 280

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #12 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Tax Preparers:

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (5%)
  • Master's degree (16.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (34%)
  • Associate's degree (12%)
  • Some college, no degree (20.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (11.5%)
  • Less than high school diploma (1%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Interview clients to gather financial information.
  • Calculate tax information.
  • Advise others on financial matters.
  • Verify accuracy of records.
  • Update professional knowledge.
  • Examine financial records.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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