Jobs are trendy just like anything else; they come and go.
Whether you are deciding on a career, or you’ve already gone down a particular path, it’s reassuring to know that what you’ve decided on is going to be a job that has some longevity and a future.
So what about accounting? What do you need to grab that accounting job? What will your responsibilities be? Here’s some information you may find very helpful…
What skills and credentials do I need to have to land a good accounting job?
First of all, you need some natural abilities to be a good accountant, just like with any other career. For instance, you need an innate skill with numbers. If you hate math, it’s probably not the career path for you. Being detail oriented and able to work well by yourself are some other natural abilities.
Along with these natural skills, it does take some learned skills to be a good accountant. You definitely need to be very well versed in computer skills and specialized programs.
Also, higher math is crucial, and an actual accounting degree is usually necessary and will get you farther in your job search and up the ladder. It’s also a good idea to take a class in accounting laws and rules and regulations so you will up to date on federal and local laws. CPA (certified public accountant) certification is also a big plus.
Is this a good field to go into?
According to a piece in US News Money, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 15.7 percent growth for accountants between 2010 and 2020, which is much faster than the average growth for most other professions. This includes public accountants, forensic accountants and management accountants as well as government accountants. So, yes, this is definitely a smart career choice if you have the knack.
Salaries are quite good, too, ranging from around $40,000 to upwards of $80,000. You can find jobs by using a recruiter or looking online at specific job sites, as well as at specific companies you may be interested in working for.
What will I do?
So once you’ve landed your dream accounting job, what exactly will you be doing? Accountants make sure a company’s (or an individual’s) financial documents and records are sound and accurate. They work with finances and any financial operations to make sure everything is in order. A big part of what they do is making sure taxes are in order and paid on time. You will have a large responsibility and can be crucial in making or helping to make financial decisions.
Usually, accounting is a full time job, however, sometimes part time or contract accountants are hired during the end of a fiscal year or during tax season.
If this sounds like you, accounting is a good career to go into.
You can build on your credentials throughout your career by taking classes and adding certifications; you’ll have plenty of room to grow as an accountant and can either continue to work for a company, or perhaps go out on your own. You can certainly find success.
About the Author: Heather Legg is a freelance writer who covers a variety of topics. On any given day, you can find her providing readers with information regarding careers, how to open and run small businesses, and finding the best accounting software.