Employment of Economists and Accountants
Economists can earn bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degrees in their fields. They take a mix of business, liberal arts and science courses as undergraduates, and when they finish, they can continue to graduate school to obtain master’s or doctoral degrees. Without advanced education, economists can’t do professional research, but they can often find jobs in other fields, particularly in business. However, they aren’t qualified to work as accountants because they haven’t learned the methods that accountants use to balance budgets and record expenses.
Controllers and Comptrollers
An accountant with many years of experience can eventually be promoted to the position of controller or comptroller. These similarly named jobs are actually one and the same, but businesses call them controllers and governments call them comptrollers. A comptroller is an elected city official, while a controller is hired by the board of directors of a company. In both cases, they work as the lead accountants of an organization. A controller answers to the Chief Financial Officer, and a comptroller answers to the city treasurer or mayor.