Chartered Accountants were the first accountants to form a professional accounting body, initially established in Britain in 1854. Chartered Accountants work in all fields of business and finance, including audit, taxation, financial and general management. Some are engaged in public practice work, others work in the private sector and some are employed by government bodies.
Chartered Accountancy is a well paid and reputed professional area. Chartered Accountants are found at the highest level in virtually every sector from healthcare to the music industry. The schedule could require to work extra hours not only in the office but also from home. Laptops and smart phones enable you to work from home as opposed to in the office, but this can make work–life balance difficult if you must respond to e-mails and telephone calls when you are attending to family matters at home.