There are accountants, and then there are Certified Public Accountants. Also known as CPAs, these individuals take accounting to the next level. They must take an exam covering auditing, business environment and concepts, financial accounting and reporting, and regulation. 

As a result, CPAs are among the most trusted financial advisors. Once certified by their state, CPAs can work in various accounting and finance fields.

Some might work in personal finance, helping people with their taxes, retirement, investing, or savings goals. Others might be forensic accountants. Startups and newer ventures should look for calculator-slinging sidekicks with experience in tax compliance, financial modeling, due diligence, payroll, and expense management.