Accounting Online Colleges & Career Information
New accounting technologies and increased accountability, including new governmental regulations, have transformed the world of accounting. Accounting programs, including online accounting programs, offer the skills for accountants to stay up-to-date on accounting technologies and regulations. Accounting degrees are available at all levels - associate, bachelor's and master's - but job opportunities could be dependent on the level of degree you earn. With an associate degree, common job options could include auditing clerking and bookkeeping. You could also apply for work as a billing and posting clerk, machine operator or payroll and timekeeping clerk. On the other end, most major corporations require their accountants to be Certified Public Accountants, or CPAs, and/or have a master's degree such as a Master's of Business Administration. In addition to paving the way toward accounting and auditing jobs, higher-level accounting degrees could open doors to high-ladder corporate jobs or help offer you the expertise you need should you be considering launching your own business.
More than 1.3 million people worked as accountants and auditors nationwide, according to May 2012 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They earned mean annual wages of $71,040, according to the BLS. Job growth for accountants and auditors is projected at .6 percent and top states for employment include California, New York, and Texas.
Why get an accounting degree from an online college?
There are many reasons to pursue an online degree. If your goal is to get a college degree in accounting but you have other obligations that can make it difficult and stressful to go to traditional education, then online classes can help. Below is the story of one individuals dream to earn her accounting degree and how online classes have helped her out.
"Hello! My name is Emily and I am an online junior Accounting student at the University of Minnesota - Crookston. I live in rural Minnesota, am a farmer's wife, and have 3 small children. Beyond those, I am an individual with dreams, hopes and goals.
An online degree is an amazing educational bridge for individuals with circumstances limiting educational opportunities and I am so thankful and love being able to attend an online University as an actual campus is not accessible. Before online degrees, there were so many people, like me, that did not have access to a higher education and what a wonderful tool it has been!
There are several reasons why I want and need to earn a college degree.
The first reason is that my husband was injured in a farming auger accident several years ago and he now has a degenerative ankle injury which he has battled with several surgeries with no success. This injury may eventually cause him to become disabled and at that time I need to be ready, educationally, to step up and earn the income my family needs, and time is absolutely crucial.
The second reason is because I believe there is so much more to me than being a farmer's wife. I have dreams of starting my own accounting firm and helping the community with their financial needs. I look forward to aiding companies with services and financial decisions, as well as providing scholarships to local students to encourage them to follow their dreams.
All of these goals require a degree and certification. Accounting has always been a fascinating subject to me and I believe an online degree in accounting will open many doors for me and enable my goals and dreams to become reality.
HOW ARE ONLINE CLASSES HELPING YOU EARN THAT DEGREE?
When I discovered online degree programs in the field I was interested in I was speechless about this new opportunity as I knew it would change my life. Words cannot express my gratitude for a University having the ability to â€œsend their classrooms to me. It was like floating out at sea and someone throwing me a life preserver.
I have been an online student for three years now and I have enjoyed it every single day. Because of online classes, every semester I am that much closer to earning my degree and reaching my dreams. Having felt so honored to be able to take these classes in my home, I have strived to learn as much as I can, which has led to maintaining a 4.0 GPA with 24 consecutive A's! I believe taking online classes can be more challenging than some traditional classes, in that you have to be a good self-starter and keep track of your own deadlines. This can be difficult, especially for those with extremely busy lives and other commitments and/or obligations.
As mentioned previously, without online classes I wouldn't have many options for a higher education and so I am very grateful for such a wonderful opportunity. In the future, I look forward to being able to share my experiences in rural/remote communities about online classes and their possibilities as well as providing scholarships to encourage individuals like myself to explore their skills and strengths through higher education."
- Emily (Minnesota)
How to Find Online Programs
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- Basic Accounting
- Computer Accounting
- Tax Preparation