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5-Step Guide to Becoming an Accountant

Steve Berman, LedgerLink

October 20, 2009

Step 5: The computer is your friend


Simply being lightning-quick on the 10-keys and having excellent Excel skills doesn’t cut it anymore in the world of accounting. As more accounting processes become automated all the time, at least becoming familiar with the top accounting software is a necessity in this day and age.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Technology is rapidly changing the nature of the work of most accountants and auditors. With the aid of special software packages, accountants summarize transactions in the standard formats of financial records and organize data in special formats employed in financial analysis. These accounting packages greatly reduce the tedious work associated with data management and recordkeeping.

“Computers enable accountants and auditors to be more mobile and to use their clients’ computer systems to extract information from databases and the Internet. As a result, a growing number of accountants and auditors with extensive computer skills specialize in correcting problems with software or in developing software to meet unique data management and analytical needs. Accountants also are beginning to perform more technical duties, such as implementing, controlling, and auditing computer systems and networks and developing a business’s technology plans.”

All this new software has led to a shakier growth outlook for entry-level accounting positions such as bookkeeping, but has increased the need for advanced accounting professionals capable of staying on top of all the latest programs. The more fluent you are when it comes to accounting programs, the more valuable you’ll be to prospective employers.