With the cost of degrees at an all-time high, a degree in accounting remains
a worthwhile investment. A bachelor’s degree in Accounting is designed
to prepare a college graduate for entry level accounting positions in profit,
not-for-profit, and governmental environments, while establishing a foundation
of courses for students who wish to continue their education to become a Certified
Public Accountant (C.P.A.) or Certified Management Accountant (C.M.A.).
Whether online or full-time, a degree in accounting is designed to provide the
knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for a successful, lucrative accounting
career. A 21st century bachelor’s degree in accounting should incorporate
the principles and industry-relevant technology for those wishing to enter positions
in the accounting, information systems, and management analysis areas of business,
and include courses focused on general and cost accounting principles as they
apply to business operations, along with 21st century business ethics.
An associate’s degree would familiarize the student with the accounting
professional’s year, incorporating financial statements, taxes and payroll,
financial investments, management and marketing, and computerized accounting.
The program emphasizes the positions such as junior accountant, accounts payable/receivable
clerk, bookkeeper, payroll clerk, or administrative assistant.
To enter this career you must be numerate and highly organized. The modern accounting
professional must be comfortable with accounting methods, organizational behavior,
management skills, statistics and business, strategic goals, e-business and
the role of technology. Look for an online course that covers this and provides
certification and the future will look bright.
Publish date: February 10, 2011