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Why major in Accounting?

Perhaps the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) summarized it best in its newly issued pamphlet "Accounting: The One Degree with 360 Degrees of Possibilities." You may already have an idea about what you want to do for a career. Then again, maybe you're not so sure. Either way, there's one degree that gives you the education to succeed at just about anything in the business world. It's an accounting degree. Accounting opens doors in every kind of business coast to coast. It can give you the foundation you need to go on and become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). It can prepare you to become a partner in an accounting firm, to pursue a career in finance or corporate management, to work in government, or even to become an entrepreneur. In fact, no matter what you decide to do, having an accounting background can open doors wide."

More and more employers are demanding a college accounting degree from prospective job candidates to fill staff accounting positions and office accounting roles. The associate degree program at Durham Tech provides a solid basis in accounting as well as the computer accounting skills that are critical to employers.

Many of the courses offered at Durham Tech meet the requirement for the required semester hours to sit for the CPA exam.

You can perform a broad range of accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting activities for corporations, governments, non-profit organizations, and individuals. You can choose to work in an office individually or as part of a team, or you can embark on your own business venture. Armed with the principles of accounting as well as practical business methods and procedures, you will have the necessary skills to succeed in a competitive industry.

An associate degree in accounting can be just the thing to open doors for entry-level accounting positions that provide excellent earnings potential. Earning an associate degree in accounting can lead to a highly-respected and rewarding career. This degree prepares you for a variety of accounting careers in a wide range of industries and professions.

  • Income tax planning and preparation services    
  • Full-service bookkeeping
  • Entry-level positions in payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable
  • Banking
  • Fraud and fraud detection
  • Business ownership

This degree can also prepare you to earn a four-year degree and CPA (Certified Public Accountant) license

Why consider becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)?

A career in accounting means stability, access to exciting career options, and being a key decision maker in the business world. CPAs are essential to the success of business and are trusted advisors.

There are endless possibilities of what you can do with an accounting degree and certification. You can hold positions such as the following: 

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Treasurer
  • Tax Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • FBI Special Agent
  • Controller
  • Financial Analyst
  • Business Owner

CPAs provide a multitude of services from auditing, information technology services, forensic accounting, and taxes to financial planning and consulting services.

The field is in demand regardless of the economic situation or job market. The US Bureau of Labor projects the number of audit and accounting jobs is expected to grow 13 percent between 2012 and 2022.

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