While most college students struggle to choose which degree program they wish to pursue, and even tougher task faces many college students. At the age of 20, the time when most college students are entering their junior year of their degree program, students often need to decide what it is they want to do with their life. This is a tough task for anyone, especially young adults.
With a little bit of information this decision doesn’t have to be so difficult for young students across America. Those earning a Bachelor of Accounting degree can find that their degree applies to a number of fields in business and finance, each with different roles and duties. The following are just a few examples of fields pursued by graduates with an accounting degree.
Many accounting related career fields are very numbers oriented, but these three positions are good examples of careers that are made for those with a love for numbers and an attention to detail. Typical duties and responsibilities can include recording financial transactions, updating financial statements, and ensuring the accuracy of financial records. [bls.gov]
Experienced clerks working in financial areas may be responsible for the books of an entire organization, or may be left tracking specialized areas such as profit/loss and accounts payable/receivable.
Accounting or Auditing
Accounting and auditing can have tasks similar to those of clerks in the same career areas, but have more responsibilities and often need a higher education. Accounting and auditing, unlike clerking, have positions that require more analytical, creative, and evaluative knowledge. Typical duties include advising upper management on financial reports, developing or modifying account structures, and interpreting the meaning of financial records, reports, and statements. [bls.gov]
A career field that many might not have considered, the field of cost estimating is a unique option available to graduates of accounting programs or those with experience working in accounting. Cost estimating may, for instance, be used in the construction field and help businesses determine the time, cost, labor, and resources needed for a project. Estimators must collect and analyze data in order to present clients with an idea of what potential projects will cost in a variety of areas.
There are a number of career fields waiting for individuals graduating from accounting degree programs. Many, if not all, of these careers are available in the field of business, but there are those like Cost Estimating which are available in non-traditional career fields.
It is important for accounting graduates to keep in mind the fact that some of the positions on this list require varying levels of additional training and certification beyond a degree program. While accounting clerks may keep a job long term without further certification, accountants may be required to become a Certified Public Accountant.* This can only be achieved by passing an exam administered by each state’s Board of Accountancy, and those requirements should be thoroughly researched.
In the end, accounting graduates will find enjoyable and rewarding careers waiting in both the private and public sector upon graduation.
*AIU does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by AIU but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to AIU. Therefore, AIU cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.