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What career prospects can an accounting tutor expect?

Do people who need tutoring really take accounting courses? Do these people find work as accountants? If not, what use would they have for classes in accounting? Can an accounting tutor really make it possible for these people to succeed as accountants? Is there some kind of tutorial school where people learn how to be that kind of tutors? If tutors become that good, what kind of tutoring fees can they demand? Okay, so maybe I sound a tiny bit skeptical or sarcastic, but seriously—should I become a tutor in accounting?

Carlton Burgess

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Kevin Sutter on October 29, 2018

Accounting tutors usually earn wages that start at $25 per hour these days. Math tutors generally charge $35 per hour; since accounting is one of the higher level courses, fees may skew toward $50.

A typical client might be a manicurist who wants to be promoted to branch manager when the day spa owner decides to open a new branch in Miami. Her challenge is to learn some new applications for mathematics, which was probably her worst subject in college. Yours, as her tutor, is to offer explanations she may find easier to understand without aggravating any emotional memories of confusion and embarrassment in high school math. Her managerial responsibilities if she gets the promotion will include using the skills she learns in that introductory accounting course. Your responsibility as a tutor will be to make sure she actually builds those skills and not just hand her answers, or even hints, to get her through an assignment or test.

In the United States, the Tutorial School is the name of a private school. (In other countries the term is used differently). The booming tutoring industry has not yet generated a special curriculum for training tutors as distinct from teachers. You become a tutor by demonstrating that you have a skill and want to teach that skill to individual students, alone or in small groups. For accounting, this generally means having or at least being close to having a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

You can also write tutorials for college students—apps or programs that walk students through a procedure, as many times as necessary, without paying a live human’s tutoring fee per hour. College-level instruction is expensive these days. Many students agree that the more they can learn online for free, the better.

How long the tutoring boom will last is hard to guess. Some of the same tutoring companies are supplying two different demands: federally subsidized tutors for students who live near “failing” public schools, and “extra help” at the college and professional levels. The latter category of tutoring is probably more recession-proof. As long as non-accountants need to take introductory accounting courses, there’ll be a market for user-friendly, ethically solid tutors in those courses.

Kyle Mckinney8 months ago

This is so true! There will always be a need for good accounting tutors. Since we may need to do a little basic accounting, the tutor should be firm and fair and not just hand out answers. A student may think the tutor is doing a favor by helping the student cheat. That is wrong. That student is cheating himself. If the student has to walk through a tutorial program five hundred times before the math starts to make sense, then he should review the program five hundred times. Otherwise, what will happen when the student gets the job or promotion and needs to use math?  


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