5-Step Guide to Becoming an Accountant
Steve Berman, LedgerLink
January 27, 2010
In this era of economic uncertainty, it’s not just about making money. For businesses and individuals alike, minimizing expenses and documenting all business transactions correctly and honestly have become just as important as maximizing revenue.
That’s where accountants come in. Despite the “bean counter” stereotype, accountants are invaluable employees who lead clients through the ever-changing worlds of tax and finance. With corporate scandals filling up the news cycle on a daily basis, finding the right accountant isn’t just a sound financial decision – it could keep businesspeople out of bankruptcy … or even prison.
Not only are accountants of paramount importance these days, accountancy is also one of the most secure professions going, even during these recessionary times. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 18 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations.”
Thinking about becoming an accountant? You’ve come to the right place. Click through these links to find the definitive five-step guide to becoming an accountant, from the skills you need to what discipline to choose and how to achieve your goals.Step 1: Accounting: It’s a Numbers Game
Step 2: Hitting the Books
Step 3: Decide what type of accountant you’d like to be
Step 4: CPA, CMA or none of the above?
Step 5: The computer is your friend