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Accounting is a vital part of businesses, governments and other institutions large and small. Without accurate and timely preparation and communication of financial data, most entities wouldn’t be able to survive.
There are many careers within the field of accounting. Payroll clerks, financial managers and bookkeepers are just a few careers available in accounting.
1. Education Requirements
Most accounting positions at accounting firms, government entities and large corporations require at least a Bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Positions with smaller accounting firms and businesses may only require a two-year Associate’s degree. These type of entities will hire you for basic bookkeeping and accounting clerk tasks. Large companies, and big accounting firms like KPMG require you to be a Certified Public Accountant, or CPA, to qualify for employment.
Each state has its own rules for issuing a CPA. All 50 states require you to pass the four-part exam issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Forty-two of the 50 states currently require at least 150 hours of coursework before a person is eligible to sit for the CPA exam.
You have 18 months to pass all four parts. Other accounting career designations that require similar testing include Certified Management Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.
Individuals working in accounting are responsible for recording and analyzing important financial data on a daily basis. Accounts payable managers are responsible for paying invoices and other expenses.
Budgets and forecasts are created as a result of the analysis conducted by financial managers. CPAs help develop accounting systems which help communicate financial data accurately and swiftly throughout an entire organization.
Without accountants and others employed in the accounting field, it would be virtually impossible for a business to operate effectively. Read the rest of this entry »