A degree from an accounting school can lead you to a variety of both personally and financially rewarding careers. The following is a sampling of what work you can do after you graduate from accounting school.
Become a Certified Public Accountant
You won't immediately meet the qualifications to be a certified public accountant upon graduating from accounting school, but a bachelors degree from such a school can set you on the path toward eventually becoming a CPA.
Most states require CPAs to hold a bachelors degree or a minimum number of semester hours in accounting classes. Once you meet whatever the exact educational requirements of your state are, you can then work and study to meet any experience and other exam requirements.
Be an Accountant
You don't have to be a full-fledged CPA to call yourself an accountant. Many accountants work under a CPA, either for an accounting firm or as an employee of a large company. With this position, you don't have the same responsibilities as a CPA but still can have a challenging career that pays well.
Of course, you can hold an accounting position even if your ultimate goal is to become a CPA. Working as a (non-CPA) accountant can give you the experience you need to meet your state's CPA qualification requirements, and the experience can prove invaluable after you're a CPA and have greater responsibility.
Work as a Bookkeeper
A bookkeeper handles the financial books of one or more businesses. This includes processing payroll, tracking expenses, monitoring invoices, and distributing reimbursements as necessary.
As a bookkeeper, you might work for a single large company or you may serve multiple companies that contract with you. Additionally, you could be an employee of a bookkeeping or accounting firm, or you could strike out on your own and be self-employed.
You don't need the same level of education to work as a bookkeeper as you do to become an accountant or CPA. After just a few classes at an accounting school, you may have the knowledge necessary to be a bookkeeper.
You don't have to complete a program at an accounting school to become a financial analyst, as there are other paths that lead to this career. An accounting school program is especially helpful, though, as it teaches you how to calculate the tax implications of a financial transaction. In many cases, these have vast implications on what people should do with their money.Share