In this part of our website we describe the requirements, responsibilities and compensation for bookkeepers, accounting clerks, accountants, and certified public accountants. Also learn of the potential employers in need of these varying levels of skill and knowledge.
Learn more about the academic degrees available, such as a two-year degree, a four-year bachelor's degree with a major in accounting, a 150-credit accounting degree, or a master's degree. The choice of college and your college activities are also important when seeking a full-time job.
To become a certified public accountant (CPA) today generally requires 150 college credits with a certain amount in accounting and business, passing the CPA Exam, and professional accounting work experience. Specific requirements for your state of residence can be found by using the links that we provide.
The CPA Exam is so difficult that only 50% of those attempting it are successful. Keep in mind that those attempting the exam will have successfully obtained 150 college credits (many from rigorous courses) and often have completed a formal CPA Review course. Links to many of the larger CPA Review courses are also provided.
See our table containing 14 professional certifications and links for current information on the certifications and the sponsoring organizations.
For your convenience we have assembled links to business publications, on-campus student organizations, accounting organizations, and more.
We've answered 22 popular questions related to the topic Accounting Careers. Review them all or use the search box found at the top of each page of our website for your specific questions.