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Whats the difference between these three accountants?

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CA(Chartered accountant) CMA(Certified Management Accountant) and CGA(Certified General Accountant) What are the major differences between them, which one has more jobs available?
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CA can audit (although recent law changed state CMA and CGA can now too) but they still do the most audits... CA and CMA usually make executive decisions/management decisions after analyzing everything and CGA is like (I think) financial statements and tax returns etc.
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As for which have more availability... CA is the hardest whilst CGA is the easiest (from getting into its respective specialized University program point of view)
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I think CGAs have more flexibility as to what they can do (a CGA came to our school that did absolutely nothing related to accounting), but in terms of reputation CA def. beats them by far, with more auditing, management, and analytical tasks. Logically, I would say CAs are the most in demand, just because (well, until recently) only they have the license to sign off on financial documents.

All three are very very good professions though.
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Do CA's get respectful salaries? and is it as big as a competitive field to get into as lets say.... iBanking?

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@Gucci wrote
Do CA's get respectful salaries? and is it as big as a competitive field to get into as lets say.... iBanking?





1st year CAs: 74k
Avg. 190k

if you want to know the highest... that'd be like 50 million -.- but that CEOs with CA designation
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@Gucci wrote
Do CA's get respectful salaries? and is it as big as a competitive field to get into as lets say.... iBanking?




CA Salary Report (2009): http://cica.ems01.com/CA_Profession_Compensation_Survey_2009-En.pdf

CMA Salary Report (2009): http://grossmancga.com/site/download/CMA%20Ontario%202009%20Salary%20Survey.pdf

CGA Salary Report (2008): http://www.cga-ontario.org/assets/file/salarysurvey_student08.pdf
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@callie2039 wrote
I think CGAs have more flexibility as to what they can do (a CGA came to our school that did absolutely nothing related to accounting), but in terms of reputation CA def. beats them by far, with more auditing, management, and analytical tasks. Logically, I would say CAs are the most in demand, just because (well, until recently) only they have the license to sign off on financial documents.

All three are very very good professions though.



Anyone can work in a field not related to accounting. o_O Many CAs don't continue working in public practice after all.
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@Arctic wrote

@callie2039 wrote
I think CGAs have more flexibility as to what they can do (a CGA came to our school that did absolutely nothing related to accounting), but in terms of reputation CA def. beats them by far, with more auditing, management, and analytical tasks. Logically, I would say CAs are the most in demand, just because (well, until recently) only they have the license to sign off on financial documents.

All three are very very good professions though.



Anyone can work in a field not related to accounting. o_O Many CAs don't continue working in public practice after all.


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More CAs work in industry than in public practice. If anything, CGAs have the least flexibility (not big difference). But for all threee you aren't limited to one thing.

Two of the accounting teachers at my school are CAs, and the other one is a CMA. Does that mean they have by far the greatest flexibility? No.
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I thought CAs could only work in their province while CMAs can work all over Canada.
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