Myths and Facts about a Career in Audit

Not sure what a public company auditor does? We’re here to help by busting the myths around auditing and help you learn what a career in audit is really like.


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Auditors have to be math pros.

FACT

Auditors are good problem solvers who excel at inquisitive and innovative thinking and communicating.

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Being an auditor is a lonely job

FACT

Auditors work together on engagement teams of all sizes with colleagues of various staff levels from within the firm.

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Auditing isn’t a meaningful career

FACT

Auditors play an integral role in adding value to an organization, the capital markets, and investors.

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Auditors are tied to their desk

FACT

Many auditors have an “office in a backpack” lifestyle and their location varies between the office, client sites, and even home!

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Auditors are stuck in their careers.

FACT

Public company audit is often known for rapid professional growth, and many auditors become top leaders (including CEOs and CFOs) in business and industry.

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All auditors work for the IRS

FACT

Although the IRS does employ auditors, auditors also work for public accounting firms and private and public companies and perform many duties outside of tax audits.

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Auditors will soon be replaced by robots.

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Certain auditing processes are becoming automated, but human ingenuity and professional judgment remain a critical part of the audit.

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Auditors wear suits to work every day.

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Auditors’ attire varies depending on where they are working. In the office, many auditors can wear jeans. When working from home, it’s their choice!

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Auditing does not lend itself to work-life balance.

FACT

Public company audit does have a busy season, but often firms offer perks to support the wellbeing of their employees.

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All auditors specialize in accounting.

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Some audit functions require staff who specialize in data analytics, statistics, and information technology.

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