What Can You Do with an Accounting Degree?

One question people often ask themselves when they’re considering going back to school is “What will I be able to do with this degree?”

As you weigh your options, just remember, that the “right” degree program is the one that leads to a career that fits with your personal interests and your ability to provide for you and your family.

Take, for example, a degree in accounting. Due to a variety of common myths about the field, you may think that this degree often only leads a person to become one thing: an accountant. But in reality, the opportunities are so much more than that.

So, what can you do with an accounting degree?

Jobs can you do with an accounting degree

If you’re considering an accounting program, it’s helpful to understand the variety of jobs available for those who hold that degree. That way, you’ll be aware of the different opportunities available when you start your own job search.  

accounting job openings graph

Over the last six months, more than 95,000 job postings online required candidates to have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. And even though being an accountant is considered one of the best jobs in America, earning an accounting degree does not limit the career opportunities you can pursue.

In fact, the market is expected to add 190,000 new jobs for accounting professionals through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It stands to reason then that there will be an ample amount of employment opportunities available for those who prepare themselves to work in this field.

Similarly, by being aware of which industries are looking to hire accounting professionals you will be even better prepared to find opportunities and pursue positions within organizations that fit your passion, interests and preferences.

Industries that you can work in with an accounting degree

Just as employers filter through their lengthy lists of candidates looking for those that are “the right fit” for their organization, it makes sense for you to approach your job search with the same level of analysis. 

accounting jobs by industry graph

Employment data from the past six months highlights the large variety of job opportunities for accounting professionals by industry. By knowing which industries are hiring accounting professionals you can narrow your job search to the industries that are the best opportunity and fit for your personality.

So, again the question arises: What can you do with an accounting degree?

With an expected growth rate of 16 percent and the opportunity to work in a variety of different positions and industries, the answer to the question is simple: A lot.

Is it’s time for you to see what you can do with an accounting degree?

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Grant Tilus is an Associate Inbound Marketing Manager for Collegis Education who writes articles on behalf of Rasmussen College with the aim to inspire, motivate and inform current and prospective students in a positive way.

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