Forensic accountants examine financial records and data to look for suspicious activity. They are analyzers and contributors who work with lawyers and law enforcement to use this data as evidence in finance-based criminal cases.
Forensic accountants use accounting, auditing, and fraud investigation techniques to investigate and analyze financial crimes from health care fraud to embezzlement to money laundering. They may also testify in court as expert witnesses.
They are usually employed by public accounting firms, law enforcement agencies or insurance companies. Most forensic accountants have at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration or a related field. They are usually also certified public accountants (CPAs). Jobs for all accountants and auditors are expected to grow 4% by 2029.