Brian Alden: Accounting is a growing field in this country. Accountants prepare and examine financial records ensuring that financial records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time. Accountants assess financial operations and work to help ensure that organizations run efficiently.
With the recent financial crisis and new financial regulations the demand for a thorough financial documentation is expected to increase. The US Department of Labor project a 16% growth of this field by 2020 with over a 190,000 jobs being created. The four main types of accountants are Public Accountants, Management Accountants, Government Accountants and Internal Auditors.
Educational requirements for accounting positions mostly require a minimum of a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field. However, many employers will prefer a master's degree in either accounting or business administration with a concentration in accounting.
While education is important many states require experience before an accountant can apply for their CPA license. According to the US Department of Labor accountants who have earned professional recognition; especially a certified public accountant should have the best prospects.
Jobs applicants who have a master's degree in accounting or a master's degree in business with a concentration in accounting also may have an advantage. Salaries may differ greatly ranging from 38000 to 106000 yearly, with the average being around 65000.
If you are looking for a career that will have steady growth in the future, accounting is a promising field for you to explore.