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Career 411: Accounting

With the cost of degrees at an all-time high, a degree in accounting remains a worthwhile investment. A bachelors 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 bachelors 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 associates 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: October 17, 2008