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Recently, we explored why accountants are so important, then we explained what accountants actually do each day, and here, we’re going to discuss why you should consider launching a career in accounting.

As part of the discussion, we’ll look at why you should consider becoming an accountant, we’ll explain how to choose between a bachelor’s or master’s degree, and we’ll review why you should consider getting your degree online from CSU Global.

After you’ve read the details about why it’s a good idea to become an accountant, please fill out our information request form to receive additional details about our online Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, or our online Master’s in Accounting program. If you’re ready to get started, submit your application.

Why Should You Consider Studying Accounting?

There are many good reasons to think about getting into accounting, but three of the most compelling reasons to choose to work in this industry include:

  1. Accountants play an incredibly important role in every organization, making this a great career for anyone who wants to work in an important position.
  2. Salaries for trained accountants are quite high, which means this is an excellent industry for anybody looking to maximize earning potential. 
  3. The BLS projects that demand for accountants will remain strong over the next decade.

Accountants are Important

If you want a career where you get to serve as one of the most important people at any organization, then becoming an accountant may be the perfect fit.

Accountants are critical to organizational success, especially since they’re the individuals responsible for dealing with financial information.

When an organization is looking to analyze its own finances and make strategic business decisions, data provided by the accountants are likely to play a huge role in that process.

As a result, accountants get a lot of respect and appreciation, which makes this a great role for anybody looking for a job that allows them to do important work that is recognized and valued by the senior leadership team.

Accountants are Paid Well

Accountants are relatively well-paid, with even entry-level accounting professionals earning a considerable salary.

Because this is such an important position at any organization, and because the work that gets done here is so vital to organizational success, most businesses recognize that they need to pay their accountants handsomely in order to attract top talent.

Accordingly, accountants tend to earn considerable salaries.

Here’s a shortlist of some of the most popular positions in accounting, along with the average annual salary for each role:

As you can see, even jobs thought of as being more like entry-level positions are still compensated quite well.

If you want to earn a considerable income, then you should absolutely consider studying to become an accountant so you can break into this lucrative industry. 

Keep in mind too that the salaries listed above don’t include niche positions and specialty accounting roles that require advanced credentials, including positions like CPAs, CFAs, CMAs, CFSAs, CIAs, and CFEs, all of which are likely to earn substantially more money.

If income potential is important to you, then you’ll definitely want to think about getting into the field.

Accountants Will Remain In-Demand

Demand for professional accountants is projected to continue growing steadily over the next decade, with the BLS projecting that the employment of accounting and auditing professionals should grow around 4% over the next decade.

Knowing that the field is going to be growing for many years to come, you can be confident that you’ll have a good chance of finding a relevant industry job after you’ve developed the knowledge and skills needed to provide professional accounting services.

Furthermore, the growth in demand for professional accountants is an important signal that it’s a great time to get into the industry since the growth should create not just more entry-level positions, but also more accounting jobs in leadership and management. 

How to Become an Accountant

It’s possible to become a professional accountant, or at least to get an entry-level role in accounting, without a degree in the field, but that’s not the easiest way to break into this competitive industry.

Instead, anyone who is seriously considering launching an accounting career should focus on earning respectable academic credentials by completing an accounting degree program.

Getting your degree will ensure that you’re able to develop the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to deliver value to any organization from day one as a professional accountant.

Completing an accounting degree program will also make it easier to convince hiring managers to give you a chance in open accounting positions, as this is one of the most important credentials they look for when reviewing resumes.

While it’s possible to launch a lifelong, successful career in the field without a degree in accounting, that’s not the best approach, and we suggest completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in order to increase your odds of success.

When it comes time to choose a specific degree program, make sure to look into CSU Global’s options, as we have two excellent programs available.

How to Choose Between a Bachelor’s or a Master’s Degree

It’s not always easy to choose between pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree, but in the end, you should pick the program that best meets your specific needs.

To determine which degree would work best for you, think about your industry experience, your current education credentials, and your long-term career aspirations.

If you’re new to accounting and just looking to break into the industry, and you don’t already have a bachelor’s degree (in any subject), then you’ll want to enroll in an Accounting Bachelor’s Degree program.

However, if you’ve got some industry experience, if you’ve already got a bachelor’s degree (again, in any field), or if you want to get an accounting job in leadership or at the managerial level, then you should probably enroll in an Accounting Master’s Degree program.

If you need help making a decision about which degree is right for you, contact an Enrollment Counselor by calling 1-800-462-7845, or by emailing enroll [at] csuglobal.edu.

Whatever degree you decide to pursue, you can be confident that it will help prepare you for a successful career as an accountant.

Why Should You Consider Getting Your Degree Online?

We recommend getting your degree online because online degree programs offer several important benefits compared to studying in a traditional on-campus program.

Choosing to study online with us at CSU Global means that you’ll be able to enjoy far more flexibility compared to an on-campus program, as we offer:

  • No set class times or physical locations.
  • Monthly class starts.
  • Accelerated eight-week courses.

Our 100% online degree programs were designed specifically to be completed online, and they’re an excellent option for anyone looking to improve their educational credentials while maintaining a busy work or home schedule.

If you’ve got other commitments, but think you could complete a degree program that lets you study in your own time and on your own terms, then our flexible online programs may be your best opportunity to achieve your educational objectives.

Why Should You Choose CSU Global?

Our Accounting programs are both regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and ACBSP Accredited by the Council of Business Schools and Programs.

Each program has also earned excellent rankings, and our alumni report fantastic results from the job market as well.

Our Accounting Bachelor’s Program was ranked #2 for Best Online Accounting Degrees from College Choice, with our graduates reporting a median salary of $93,250 five years after graduation, which is 43% higher than the national average for all bachelor’s degree holders.

Similarly, our Accounting Master’s Program was ranked #1 for Best Master’s in Forensic Accounting by Best Masters Programs, and our alumni report a median salary that is 6% higher than the national average for all master’s degree holders, along with an average salary increase of 30% three years after graduation.

CSU Global is also widely regarded as a leader in online education, having recently received several distinguished rankings, including:

  • A #1 Best Master’s in Forensic Accounting by The Edvocate.
  • A Top 10 ranking for Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs and Top 7 ranking for Best Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans from U.S. News & World Report.
  • A #3 ranking for Best Colleges in Colorado from Best Value Schools.
  • A #3 ranking for Best Value Online Graduate School from Value Colleges.

And finally, we also offer competitive tuition rates, a Tuition Guarantee to ensure your rate won’t increase between enrollment and graduation.

To get additional details about our fully accredited, 100% online degrees in accounting, please give us a call at (800) 462-7845, or fill out our Information Request Form.

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