The days of balance books, pencil smudges, and paper files are quickly dwindling. The accountants and bookkeepers of today rely on computer programs to handle and manage their finances. Not only is doing so easier and cheaper, but the likelihood of mistakes (especially if you are working with millions and millions of dollars) also goes down.
How does computerized accounting work?
There are many different accounting and tax programs out there. As an accountant, you would use these applications, in addition to spreadsheets, to keep tabs of all expenses, income, inventory, and personnel. If you are running a small operation, you might be able to get away with using traditional pencil and paper, but businesses that want to grow and expand must embrace computer technology if they want to keep accurate records of the large cash flow.
Computerized accounting still requires accounting skills
Although computers certainly make accounting much easier, you still need a good understanding of basic accounting principles. As such, a degree in business, marketing or accounting will prove extremely useful in this field. Alternatively, you could become a certified public accountant (CPA). Whichever path you take, just understand that computers, as tools, are only effective if you know how to use them properly.
The future of computerized accounting
Our dependence on computers is not getting any lighter. If you master basic accounting skills, and subsequently learn the appropriate software, you'll have numerous opportunities to apply your knowledge in the years to come. Whether you open your own business or whether you join a company, good accounting skills and computer proficiency will open many doors for you.
Publish date: February 10, 2011