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Bachelor's degree or higher +

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What They Do

Treasurers and Controllers Career Video

Directs financial activities, such as planning, procurement, and investments for all or part of an organization.

This career is part of the Finance cluster Business Finance pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Supervises employees performing financial reporting, accounting, billing, collections, payroll, and budgeting duties.
  • Coordinates and directs the financial planning, budgeting, procurement, or investment activities of all or part of an organization.
  • Develops internal control policies, guidelines, and procedures for activities such as budget administration, cash and credit management, and accounting.
  • Maintains current knowledge of organizational policies and procedures, federal and state policies and directives, and current accounting standards.
  • Prepares or directs preparation of financial statements, business activity reports, financial position forecasts, annual budgets, or reports required by regulatory agencies.
  • Provides direction and assistance to other organizational units regarding accounting and budgeting policies and procedures and efficient control and utilization of financial resources.
  • Analyzes the financial details of past, present, and expected operations to identify development opportunities and areas where improvement is needed.
  • Advises management on short-term and long-term financial objectives, policies, and actions.
  • Monitors financial activities and details, such as cash flow and reserve levels, to ensure that all legal and regulatory requirements are met.
  • Evaluates needs for procurement of funds and investment of surpluses and make appropriate recommendations.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Comptroller — Supervises income and expenditures, keeping track of all incoming and outgoing money.
  • School Treasurer
  • Corporate Controller
  • Treasury Consultant
  • Regional Controller
  • Corporate Treasurer


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