Computers and accounting
Within the field of accounting, you will find public accountants, internal auditors, management accountants, government accountants, forensic accountants, and financial advisors. While their functions may be different, they all have one very important thing in common: computers. Accountants rely on computers to input, process, and store data. For this reason, accounting information systems is a rapidly growing field. Accountants with training and experience in information systems are increasingly sought after.
Accounting information systems programs
Accounting information systems is perhaps the most advanced branch of accounting. Accounting information systems is the study of accounting with an emphasis on the databases, software, and hardware used by accountants and auditors. In addition to the traditional accounting curriculum, an education in accounting information systems includes the study of accounting data processing, e-business, ethics, systems development, the World Wide Web, and communication systems.
Accounting systems certification
Accounting information systems programs are increasingly being offered at universities and colleges worldwide. For those individuals who are already working as accountants, information systems certification is available through a number of means, including online programs.
The outlook for accounting information systems
Accounting is a growing field, and is expected to continue to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Accountants with an information systems background, however, will be at an advantage in the labor market. Computers are changing the face of accounting. Accountants are no longer viewed as pencil-pushers, but rather as technology and computer-savvy professionals.
Publish date: February 10, 2011