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Melville , NY: Wednesday, September 22, 2010--Melissa Portelli

Melville , NY: Wednesday, September 22, 2010--Melissa Portelli a CPA and audit manager with Holtz Rubenstein Reminick, LLP work in her office. Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan Photo Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan

Melissa Portelli, 29, Islip Terrace. CPA with Holtz, Rubenstein, Reminick


Why did you go into this field?

I wanted to work as a trusted professional and work with a variety of industries. I like the business environment. There are a lot of different aspects to it beside math, although I was very good at math, actually.


What would you say to someone considering this career?

I think it's a great profession. Once they choose accounting, there are different career paths to choose within the profession, from taxes to audits to finance to advising small businesses. I chose auditing. I go to meetings, I meet with clients, I do marketing and training. I don't do the same thing day after day. You don't need to be good at math; the computer does the math for you. You have to have a certain number of college credits to sit for the exam to be a certified public accountant, but it's possible to be in the field without certification.


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