Is a Career in Accounting Right for Me?
Posted on December 26, 2017
Written by Jessica Holtsberry
Are you interested in starting a career in accounting but unsure if it’s the right professional path for you?
Because of the job outlook in the field of accounting, an accounting-focused degree offers a myriad of opportunities in today’s business world. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for accountants and auditors is expected to increase 10 percent or more through 2026.1 This is faster than the average for all occupations.
But what does it take to become successful in the field of accounting? Ask yourself these five questions to determine if a career in accounting is right for you:
- Am I looking for a reliable job with structured hours?
Businesses rise and fall according to the numbers: profit, debt, expenses, and more. Since accounting is all about making sense and strategizing around the numbers, the field of accounting is known as the language of business.
Because of this, accountants are very important to companies and organizations – making accounting a stable, in-demand career. Typically, accountants hold a 9-5 schedule. During tax season – January to April 15th – accountants may work longer hours.
- Am I detail oriented?
Accounting is all about the details. Accountants must adhere to a lot of strict rules, like tax codes and regulations, and be able to interpret and report on data. Because of this, a successful accountant is always focused on technicalities and strives for supreme accuracy.
- Do I enjoy working with numbers and technology?
The world of accounting is rooted in working with numbers and technology to solve business challenges every day. By trade, successful accountants are highly inquisitive and love to strategically solve problems.
- Do I enjoy working with people?
A career in accounting may be perceived as a quiet desk job, but it’s quite the opposite. Accountants must communicate and interact with people daily – often about important matters.
When a business issues arises, company leaders turn to their accountants to help solve problems. This means that accountants must be effective oral and written communicators and lead financial strategy.
- Can I handle stress?
Accountants are tasked with monitoring a company’s overall financial health and security, and/or filing an individual’s personal taxes. With so much responsibility, a successful accountant knows how to manage stressful tasks and situations.
OBC’s Business Administration Associate Degree with a Concentration in Accounting
Are you ready to start a thriving career and chart your own path of success?
OBC’s Business Administration Associate Degree with a concentration in Accounting will help you develop business savviness and accounting expertise, learn industry insights and core principles, gain real-world experience, and become a valuable asset to any organization.
Students who pursue an associate degree in accounting receive hands-on training in:
- The latest business procedures and protocols
- Accounting skills and principles
- Business and accounting software and technology
- Professional development
- Managerial decision-making
- And much more
As a business administration major, you will also participate in an externship during your final quarter(s) of study. During this time, you will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with established business and accounting professionals and gain valuable, real-world experience.
Your career awaits. Learn more about the Business Administration: Accounting Associate Degree and take your next professional steps at Ohio Business College.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accountants and Auditors. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm#tab-6. Accessed November 7, 2017.