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I want to become an accountant in TX. What do I do education wise to begin in college?

What level of college degree and such stuff do I need to become an accountant?

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2 Responses to “I want to become an accountant in TX. What do I do education wise to begin in college?”

  1. personalfinancedaily said :

    It may be possible to attend a trade or business school in your state for accounting, but you would need to research that further. If you are going to go to college for a 4yr degree, major in accounting and minor in finance if that is an option in the school you plan on attending. You would begin as an accounting clerk working with journals and ledgers and work your way up.

  2. KAL said :

    Depends on the type of accountant you want to be. A bookkeeper for a small business may be able to get by with an associate’s degree from a junior college…but anything more than that requires at least a bachelor’s degree.

    To be eligible to take the CPA exam in Texas, a student must have completed 150 semester hours in college and have an earned bachelor’s degree. Because most bachelor’s degree programs require only 120 semester hours, many students decide to pursue a master’s degree while obtaining the additional 30 hours required.

    Of course, being a CPA is only one option for accounting graduates…corporate accounting, managerial accounting and tax accounting are just a few of the specialties. Virtually all certification programs require at least a bachelor’s degree and most accounting jobs have the same requirements.

    The first thing you need to decide (if possible) is what type of accountant you want to be. The nice thing about accounting (as compared to other business disciplines) is that most colleges offer accounting courses that are open to freshmen and sophomores (most other disciplines don’t offer content classes until your junior year). So you have some time to make this decision. Get yourself enrolled in an accounting program somewhere and learn about the career options…then use the career conselors available at most schools to make specific decisions about the degree (and classes) you’ll need to meet your goals.


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