Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Why Choose Accounting: With CPAs More in Demand Than Ever, It's No Secret That Accounting and a CPA Certification Can Open the Door to Hundreds of Opportunities. but How Do You Decide Which Path Is Best for You? (New & Noteworthy)

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Why Choose Accounting: With CPAs More in Demand Than Ever, It's No Secret That Accounting and a CPA Certification Can Open the Door to Hundreds of Opportunities. but How Do You Decide Which Path Is Best for You? (New & Noteworthy)

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The Inside Track to Careers in Accounting, a new resource from the AICPA for students and those new to the profession, is designed to help you navigate and explore the numerous opportunities available to CPAs. Authors Stan Ross and James Carberry begin this exploration with a very simple question, "Why choose accounting?".

When trying to decide on a career path, it is helpful to understand why those who picked a particular career path did so, and more importantly, why they stuck with it. People choose accounting for a variety of reasons, some of which include the following:

* Challenging Work. Many choose accounting for the challenge. Companies, businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and others look to accountants for help in solving problems and meeting objectives. A company may ask its accountants for assistance in preparing for the multibillion dollar acquisition of another company, a nonprofit in balancing its budget, a regulatory agency in investigating fraud, or an entrepreneur in planning his or her estate. Such expectations require accountants to have strong critical thinking and problem solving skills. By honing these skills early in their careers, accountants will be better prepared for the day when they have to make critical decisions as a partner in an accounting firm, the head of a government agency, or the CFO of a nonprofit organization.

* On-the-Job Learning. Students often choose accounting because it is a great way to learn about business. Whether they are working for a public accounting firm with business clients or working for a company, nonprofit, or government agency, accountants get a close-up look at how an organization operates and what it takes to succeed there. …

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