The Accounting Major
About Accounting and Jobs Available Within this Field
Accounting is generally the field people think of when they are trying to pick the most boring job ever. They think people that work in this field just sit down at a desk and crunch numbers all day long. Some of them do. However, the mass majority of accountants do much more than that, depending on their skill level in the field. Most accountants find themselves not only crunching numbers, but also analyzing those numbers and creating reports for the companies and/or people that they work for. Many accountants also act as financial advisers for whoever they work for.
There are many jobs an accountant can choose from. The list includes, but is not limited to, these jobs: Bookkeeper, Auditor, Government accountant, Tax accountant, Financial Adviser, Forensic Accountant, Controller, Treasury Analyst, and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Who Would Be a Good Fit for this Major?
Accountants tend to be hardworking, detail-oriented people. They are very analytical and should love problem solving, as that is something they will have to do every day on the job. Accountants are organized and good at communicating with others. Most have a love of math or science, though that is not to say that somebody who loves art couldn't be a good accountant. People in this field also have to have the ability to work well under pressure since they will often find themselves with a lot of deadlines to meet, especially around the end of the fiscal year. Because of the many deadlines they face, accountants also need to be good teammates as teams will be necessary to meet the challenging deadlines.
Possible Education Path for an Aspiring Accountant
Most accounting jobs will require at least an Associate's in accounting and many will require a Bachelor's or even a Master's degree. So how should you decide which degree to get? First, you should decide how much effort and time you want to have to put into this job.
This is by no means the path that an accountant has to take, but it is one that was recommended to me by an accountant who has been working in the field for more than 20 years. For someone who was trying to make accounting a successful and well-paying career, she recommended that they go to a highly accredited college (she went to North Carolina State University) and obtain a bachelor's degree and then go on to also get a master's degree. It might also be helpful to go ahead a double major in business while you're getting that bachelor's degree. Then after that they should take the exam to become a CPA (certified public accountant). She said it would look really good on a resume if you were able to obtain a paid internship at one of the Big 4 accounting firms (Pricewaterhousecoopers, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, and KPMG). The road to success will be a long and hard one, but it will be so rewarding in the end.