If you enjoy working with math and solving number problems or puzzles, you should consider a career in accounting. Students in this program typically find that a degree in accounting offers a variety of career options, and accounting often is the starting point for a wide array of positions throughout an organization. Individuals who understand how a business operates and what the financial and operating numbers mean are at a distinct advantage for upward mobility in any organization. For professionals who want to further their career in the accounting field, Park offers CPA classes in Kansas City.
Accountants are in high demand. Accounting ranks as one of the top 10 college degrees that employers consistently seek. Even during periods of a weak economy, job opportunities in the field of accounting continue. A typical current entry- level salary range is around $37,000 - $55,000.
The field of accounting offers a diversity of career paths including:
- Public Accounting
- Corporate Accounting
- Government and Nonprofit Accounting
- Tax Accounting
- IRS Agent
- Internal Auditor
- Forensic Accountant
- Financial Analyst
- Financial Planner
Many of these areas offer professional certifications, which once attained, represent a distinctive professional achievement to advance one’s career. Following is a list of some industry certifications with links to information about career paths and how to achieve certification.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) –For information on how to become a CPA and various career paths available, visit the following two AICPA websites:
The California Society of CPAs created an entertaining and informative video:
Bring It On – CPA Careers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I502zLYZXU
Certified Management Accounting (CMA) – visit the website for the Institute of Managerial Accountants: www.imanet.org
Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) – visit the website for the Institute of Certified Internal Auditors: www.theiia.org
Certified Financial Planner (CFP) – visit the website for the Certified Financial Planning Board: www.cfp.net
Certified Forensic Examiner (CFE) – visit the website for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners: www.acfe.com
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