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Education experience of an accountant

What is accountant training like?
Training to become an accountant depends on the program in which you enroll. You may receive either your Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in the field of accounting. Training to be an accountant tends to be extensive and in-depth. The accounting department within a company must truly rely on its employees to not make mistakes, so they must be trained to do their job well.

What type of accounting program should I take?
A wide variety of programs exist for accountant training. Programs range from online certification, to associates degrees, to bachelor’s degrees. The outcome of these degrees can lead you to a variety of accounting related jobs. Courses taken while studying the accounting field include multiple fields of business and liberal arts classes.
Common accounting coursework:

• Financial Accounting
• Business Law
• Information Systems
• Marketing
• Economics
• Management
• Finance
• Tax

What are classes like in accounting?
Accounting classes range from learning the basics of debits and credits to more extensive topics such as auditing, fraud and forensic accounting, corporate tax, and accounting for partnerships. You will learn through a variety of business and technology fields that will prepare you for the field of accounting. You will use computer systems, network hubs, patch panels, printers, spreadsheets, databases, etc. These will help in preparing you to work in a contemporary global and technical business environment.

Much class time is devoted to learning about accounting’s governing bodies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Class sizes in accounting programs range depending on the program, but are traditional in how they are conducted. Your instructor will lecture on various topics and you will take notes throughout class time.

Do accounting schools add anything to my training?
Accounting is the foundation of any business. Any person in any field would benefit from having some sort of accounting knowledge. It is impossible to obtain a career in accounting or become an accountant without some kind of degree program. Whether it is an Associate’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree, training and experience are crucial in this competitive field.