April 22, 2019

Why Become an Accountant?

By B&SC Blog Team

Why Become an Accountant?

Should I become an accountant? That’s a question that may have crossed your mind when considering your future and it’s not surprising why. As the accountant, you are the literal bottom line in any company. It is your meticulous record keeping, innate understanding of tax laws and regulations, and attention to every financial detail that will keep your company working efficiently toward a profit. The term Accountant covers a broad span of career options, including bookkeepers, financial examiners, internal auditors, and tax preparers. While various certifications and job responsibilities may vary according to your specific position, the path to becoming an accountant is similar.

According to O*NET online statistics, accountants usually work full-time. Even part-time accounting positions will require extra working hours at tax time and around other important fiscal calendar dates. While most accounting professionals do work in an office environment, modern technology has made it possible for many professional accountants to set their own hours and work from home. This makes accounting a great profession for anyone who wants to work to their full potential.

Steps to Becoming an Accountant

The following tips on how to become an accountant can help you to prepare for a rewarding and lucrative career.

Hone your mathematical and organization skills: Mathematical acumen and a penchant for organization is an important factor in becoming a successful accountant. You will be expected to keep meticulous records and time is always of the essence. Your employer may need you to provide a specific report, proof of payment or an employee’s payroll history on the spot. Your organizational skills are key to working responsibly and efficiently.

Graduate from High School: The majority of employers  require their accountants to have a high school diploma or a GED. If you are currently a high school student, make a concentrated effort to excel in your math classes to show prospective employers you are good with numbers and figures. Also, register for any available accounting-oriented classes to gain as much experience as possible.

Pursue an accounting degree: Nearly 80 percent of professional accountants have a bachelor’s degree. While there are a few exceptions, an accounting degree is required by most employers. Even if you are able to obtain a position without your degree, continued education will be important for receiving important promotions and for making your way up the pay scale. If you are already working in the field of accounting, or have another full-time job, consider pursuing your online accounting degree.

How long does it take to get an accounting degree: The length of time you take to get a degree can vary between 2 years and several depending on the level of degree and how much time you are able to devote to study. At Bryant & Stratton College, we offer both associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in accounting. Our online degree programs are flexible and can be integrated into your existing work schedule.

Land an entry-level accounting position: Obtaining an entry-level accounting or bookkeeping position is the best way to know whether or not accounting is the right career for you. In addition to honing your skill sets, you will be able to get an idea of the variety of job positions available to you once you complete your degree. Your work experience, combined with an accounting degree, will make you a more desirable candidate for future employers. If you are currently working in an entry-level accounting position, you may be able to use that experience for your Internship/Capstone requirements as part of your degree program.

Continue your education and certifications: There are a wide range of certifications available to accountants, especially those pursuing niche areas of accounting such as certified internal auditors, certified public accountants (CPAs) or certified management accountants. These certifications will enhance your education and may qualify you for higher-level positions in your field.

If you are interested in learning more about how the academic programs in accounting at Bryant & Stratton College prepare you for an accounting career, visit www.bryantstratton.edu to learn more.

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