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Accounting has continuously been one of the most fundamental aspects of any business, acting as the process of analyzing, verifying, documenting, and reporting financial information to an individual, organization, or government agency. If you find yourself gravitating towards working with numbers, organization, and are comfortable with multiple methods of analyzing and reporting, then you should consider working towards a degree in accounting.

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Many are under the impression that there is only one job when they think of accounting - and that's completely false. The field of accounting offers a large number of specialized programs for each possible career path that is available when studying accounting.

As a graduate from a degree/ certification program in accounting, your options of potential employment are applicable but not limited to the following careers:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Financial Accountant
  • Certified Internal Auditor
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Chief Financial Officer

A largely positive aspect of studying accounting is the job security many are able to achieve through the constant need and demand for accounting careers in every industry. These career paths also allow for flexibility and immense growth capabilities while providing a large range of salary.

Prerequisites for a degree in accounting

The prerequisites for each degree program and/or certification course are entirely dependent on the level of study. A certification course in bookkeeping for example could possible have no prerequisites other than an interest in the study of business math and financial organization. Prerequisites for degree programs also range depending on what degree you are in pursuit of. Many associate andbaccalaureate degree programs vary in their prerequisites, while master's degrees will usually require a bachelor’s degree prior to higher studies.

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What will I learn studying accounting abroad? 

All courses in the field of accounting vary depending on program and institute of learning, but can be broken down by program level.Certificate courses are designed to allow graduates of the program to enter an entry-level position in an organization or business, while a degree program (associate’s or bachelor’s) is most commonly designed for careers in entry level or mid level employment as an accountant.

Certificate course:

  • Computerized bookkeeping
  • Tax accounting
  • Business math

Degree Programs can be broken into two levels: associates and bachelors. An associates degree is most commonly a two-year program whereas a bachelor's degree is usually designed to be about three years or longer depending on the course and institute of education.

Associate’s Degree Programs may include but are not limited to:

  • Cost Accounting
  • Financial Reports
  • Business Administration

Bachelor’s Degrees are able to offer specialization of industry or sector of studies.

Some of the most common bachelor’s degrees are listed below but not limited to:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Auditing

Master’s degrees or PhD level studies can include but are not limited to:

  • Business Economics
  • Cost Analysis
  • Financial Reporting
  • Business Accounting Research
  • Business Management

All levels of degree work in accounting can greatly contribute to your professional growth abroad in the business world. 

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