A four-year degree is required for most accounting jobs. Qualified applicants generally have earned a bachelor of science in accounting or a related field such as business or economics. Those with a two-year associates degree can enter a similar career such as bookkeeping.
To become a successful accountant, first and foremost you must be good with numbers. Numbers are the basis of any career in accounting. Some accountants minor in mathematics as further preparation during college. It is also important for qualified accountants to have strong analytical skills. Small discrepancies can often become compounded if an individual does not pay close attention to minor details. For this reason, being detail oriented is another important attribute for those looking to pursue a career in accounting. Computer skills are essential to prepare yourself for an accounting job. Accountants perform most of their work on a computer. You should also have decent communication skills in order to relate complex numerical information to clients and mangers.
Once you've earned your degree in accounting, the next step is to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). This can sometimes be done while learning the ropes at a new job.
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