Internal Auditor

Work in-house at a company, reviewing the accuracy of financial statements.

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Salary Range
$39,000 – $107,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Internal Auditors do?

An Internal Auditor is an in-house employee who reviews a company’s accounting procedures, records, and reports. You do this to ensure that your company is complying with required standards and policies. Additionally, you evaluate your company’s operational efficiency, and report your findings to the highest levels of management.

Along with this report, you make recommendations on how to improve the overall structure and practices of the company. For example, you might suggest techniques to discover and prevent company fraud. So as an Internal Auditor, you need to be very knowledgeable about corporate policies, laws, and government regulations.

Most publicly traded companies have Internal Auditors to ensure compliance with both internal policies and outside regulatory standards. That’s because a competent Internal Auditor can significantly add value to an organization’s internal control, risk management, and governance processes. Companies need you to provide assurance to stakeholders, employees, providers of finance, and shareholders.

Should I be an Internal Auditor?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Internal Audit Director

    How to become an Internal Auditor

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