Become An Accountant

The students enrolled at the Accounting Program at EBI can attest to this: Studying accounting is not like studying economics, psychology or history. Every course and each assignment builds on the previous courses and assignments. Accounting takes a certain type of person; one who thinks logically, with reason (and who reads this blog). In this article, we will delve deeper into what to expect when you’re expecting to become an accountant.

Accounting is a tough industry to break into. There are jobs out there in the accounting field that span across many different industries. If you are thinking about switching your current career and want to work towards becoming an accountant, it would be wise to look at various job postings in order to see what skills are expected for the type of job you intend to set your career goals on.

Studying to become an accountant can take years. EBI offers a much faster alternate option, with a 16-month Associate Degree Program in Accounting and an 8-month General Business Accounting Certificate Program for those who want to join the workforce in a comparatively short time. Graduates of these programs will be qualified to work as bookkeepers, cost accountants, tax preparers and accounting clerks, among other positions. Please note that students who want to pursue a more serious accounting career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) will need to pursue additional education in the field.

 

What to Expect When Working as an Accountant or Auditor

Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records, certify their accuracy, and ensure that taxes are properly paid and are on time. They are also responsible for assessing financial operations and help to ensure the organization is running efficiently. Most accountants and auditors can expect to work full time (at least 40 hours per week), but should be aware that they will put in longer hours during tax season and at the end of the budget year.

Duties of an Accountant or Auditor

Here is a list of typical duties required by accountants and auditors:

It’s important to note that in addition to the duties listed above, accountants and auditors must explain their findings (including face-to-face meetings with organizational managers and individual clients).

 

Types of Accountants and Auditors

There are different avenues of accounting in the world of business. Here is a list of the different types of accountants and the areas they specialize in:

 

Accountants and auditors are responsible for a multitude of tasks. Here is a list of important qualities that students should possess to be a success in their career: