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Question about Degree??!

I was wondering if you could be an accountant with a Bachelors in Business Management degree?? I know it may sound stupid, but the degree has some accounting classes you have to take..is there something you have to take to become an accountant??

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:08 PM on Dec. 17, 2009 in

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  • To become a true accountant, you have to actually have a degree in accounting, plus other certifications (CPA- Certified Public Accountant). You can do work on book keeping and other such things without an accounting degree, but you can't be a CPA.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:15 PM on Dec. 17, 2009

  • Since you are planning on going to college you need to learn how to find info online. Go to www.google.com and type in key words. You can type in a few words or a lot of words like - how to become an accountant. Results will come up and you can scroll down and see what website looks like it might have the info you are looking for. You may need to go to several websites before you find what you want.

    I'm not trying to be mean. I know first time college students may not know how to find info. My son is starting college in Jan. and earlier we were doing searches to find info that he didn't know how to do alone. It takes experience to get good at doing searches.

    Google is amazing!
    Gailll

    Answer by Gailll at 12:21 PM on Dec. 17, 2009

  • A lot of lower level accounting jobs don't require a degree at all. You might find an accounting job that is a little higher level with a Management degree, but if you are looking for a really good accounting job you will need an accounting degree or a lot of experience. Many public accounting firms will not hire you unless you are at least qualified to sit for the CPA exam. If you think you might be interested in becoming a CPA a management degree will not give you the background or qualifications for taking the exam. The exact requirements for taking the CPA exam vary from one state to another, but most require you have at least 150 hours with 30 or more hours in accounting classes (not including the intro accounting classes).

    If you think you might want to be an accountant try starting out as an accounting major - it is easier to switch from accounting to management than the other way around. GL!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:23 PM on Dec. 17, 2009

  • Do you want to be certified by the state and have your own business? Then it depends on the state laws.
    purpleducky

    Answer by purpleducky at 12:26 PM on Dec. 17, 2009

  • Anon :23 again - If you want to become a CPA find the website for the state board of public accountancy in the state where you live. They will have information regarding the requirements to become a CPA in your state. Becoming a CPA is not easy, but it is a great career if it suits you.


    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:41 PM on Dec. 17, 2009

  • In most states, you need a masters degree to sit for the CPA exam. You can work as an accountant without an accounting degree, especially for a smaller company.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 1:31 PM on Dec. 17, 2009

  • You can sit for a CPA exam with an Associates Degree. All you need to do is talk to someone that is in HR at an accounting firm and ask them what they look for in an accountant and if your degree would be ok.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:23 PM on Dec. 17, 2009

  • "You can sit for a CPA exam with an Associates Degree. All you need to do is talk to someone that is in HR at an accounting firm and ask them what they look for in an accountant and if your degree would be ok."


    This really isn't true. You will need at least a Bachelor's degree to sit for the CPA exam in most states; most actually require 150 credit hours, but not necessarily a Master's degree (though you might as well). The state boards generally require the 150 hours be made up of a certain number of accounting credits and a certain number of of business credits. Many states also have an ethics requirement. Your odds of finding an accounting position at a public accounting firm are not great if you are not qualified or working on becoming qualified to sit for the CPA exam.  If you are interested in public accounting you should pursue a CPA license. 

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:53 AM on Dec. 18, 2009

  • continued:

    It sounds like you aren't sure what you want to do. I think you need to start exploring that before you go too much further. If you think you might want to become a CPA, then you should definitely take a few accounting classes and find out the requirements for sitting for the CPA exam in your state. You can contact a local CPA and ask them to meet with you to talk about the profession (some of us are willing to do this - just don't ask during tax season if it is a tax firm!). You might also consider applying for a part-time job at an accounting firm to see what the job is really like (we always have at least one college student working in our office). If it seems like a good fit then you should change your major to accounting and meet with an advisor at your school to make a degree plan.

    Some good places to look for information - AICPA, AWSCPA, your state's state society of CPAs (for me it is TSCPA)

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:20 PM on Dec. 18, 2009

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