Making a career in accounting
In these uncertain economic times it can be hard to know which
career path is right for you, everywhere you look you can see job
cuts and unemployment but the accounting sector is still performing
A recent report on the starting salaries of 2012 university
graduates stated that accounting graduates salaries are still
rising with an average salary of $42,500. When you add that to the
fact that in America accounting firms have almost recovered from
the effects of the global crisis, you can see why accountancy is
becoming an attractive prospect.
And that is not all, according to the Bureau of Labour
Statistics the prediction is that in the next 8 years the number of
accounting jobs will rise from 1.2 million to 1.4 million in the
With such positive reports a lot of young people are looking to
become one of the next generation of accountants. A university
education is the most common route into accounting but it is not
the only way, many firms offer apprenticeships where you learn
while you work. This means starting at the bottom so for the first
year you are more likely to be making the tea than preparing the
balance sheet, or trial balance.
Those people who have graduated with a degree in accounting can
expect to jump in at the deep end and start dealing with the
debits and credits that make up the foundation of accounting.
Although, further training will usually be given before you are
expected to work on the more complex accounting issues such as
Before applying for a job you should consider the area that you
would like to work in. Accounting is not limited to the private
sector, with many accounting graduates being employed by
governmental and non-profit organisations.
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