The Sider Group

A Career in Accounting

Press Release   •   Oct 25, 2012 01:45 EDT

Accounting is the flourishing art of analyzing the financial position of a company and optimizing the results for the business in study of its own sales and purchases. If you possess a strong desire for a bright accounting career it is important to seek better opportunities through the choice of jobs in the market. Since the demand for accountants is increasing every year, it offers great opportunities for those seeking to advance in the financial world.

Educational Requirements

An assortment of jobs is available in the field of accounting. Most of these require, at minimum, an associate’s degree, with the bachelor’s degree being a better choice for future job growth. Job seekers can gain entry-level positions as clerks, auditing clerks and bookkeepers with proper high school education. Employers look for certain proficiencies and a level of accounting coursework. A degree from a top accounting school is the most effective way to find work easily. The educational process is important for a successful career in accounting, as it helps prepare students with different accounting classes and other basic financial concepts.       

College Education 

The necessity of a college education depends on ones goals and the future options available through specific degrees. A bachelor’s degree in accounting offers brilliant opportunities for a full time job. It provides the complete background necessary to begin a career in accounting. If you earn your associate’s degree it will enable you to work part-time during taxation period. Graduates can seek better opportunities and may consider pursuing career the certification of CPA (certified public accountant.)

In order to qualify for the accountancy examination, one must complete 150 hours of college coursework and another two years of work experience. Various accounting firms allow students to serve as interns and provide proper work experience for them to go for the CPA exam.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Work Avenues

While attending accounting school, one should explore local CPA’s and accounting firms to investigate the possibility of an internship or part time clerical or support position.  In this way the business information and systems can be learned while still in school. Working with accounting professionals is among the most effective methods to find work quickly. Personnel agencies that specialize in sending out temporary workers for accounting firms (especially during high need tax time between December and May) are a great source of part-time positions. Such company agencies are likely to meet the staffing needs and have the capacity to seek temporary and permanent assignments.     

College education may vary in length for accountants and as we have noted, several degrees are available. A bachelor’s degree can offer you better opportunities for better full time jobs but is not mandatory to start ones career in accounting.

A career in accounting certainly has lots to offer in incentives, salary and benefits and can be very desirable for graduates. Various accounting firms also offer performance bonuses each year. Annual salary is usually based on the base level of education combined with work experience in the accounting field.