An accounting degree can fast-track you into the world of finance and due to its broad application, accounting graduates have a vast array of employment opportunities upon graduation.
Accounting students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7 years). An associate degree is usually obtained in two years and is usually less expensive per semester than a bachelor's degree. Associate degrees may allow you to enter the workforce sooner but sometimes with a lower starting salary than people holding a bachelor's degree or a higher level of education.
A high school diploma or equivalent with a strong academic background in math, accounting, and computer technology coursework will help applicants stand out. Scores from college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT are also often required. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in accounting include:
- Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an Accountant was $71,550 in 2019. (1)
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but depending on geographical location and what industry the job is in.
Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.
Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.