Careers in Accounting: Experts 'Hangout' to Discuss Everything You Need to Know

Learning from those who have come before us is one of the best ways to sidestep mistakes and make important, life-changing decisions—especially when it comes to reaching your ideal career destination.

In an effort to help current and future accounting students achieve those goals, Rasmussen College on Jan. 23 hosted a live Google+ “Hangout on Air” entitled Careers in Accounting.

The career chat was hosted by Tamryn Hennessy, Rasmussen College’s national director of career development, and featured two accounting experts and a career services guru—all of whom were invited to offer advice and support viewers on the best decisions for their respective careers.

Experts in attendance included:

The topics of the discussion ranged from academic accounting credentials to resume tips and everything in between. The most important points during the career chat revolved around the top industries for accounting positions and the level of experience needed for different types of accounting jobs.

Here is a breakdown of the highlights.

Top industries for accounting positions

“Accountants can really work in any industry out there,” Moore said.

When pursuing a career in accounting you’ll have the opportunity to pursue positions in those industries that interest you the most. That could be sports, entertainment or pretty much any other niche area that matches your personal skills or interests.

And while the numbers of accounting positions in industries such as healthcare, insurance and professional services are experiencing tremendous growth, job prospects are really growing across many different industries.

accounting industries chart

Accounting positions are available across the experience spectrum

A common concern for anyone preparing for a new career is often the number of jobs available—especially for those entering the field with little or no experience. When it comes to the field of accounting, real-time job data suggests that there are plenty of opportunities out there.

In addition to enjoying a projected growth rate of 13 percent through 2022, mass retirements by the baby-boomer generation will add significant numbers of opportunities for entry-level (0-4 years of experience) positions, Moore said.

accounting experience chart

Conversation segments not to be missed

The entire video is available for viewing below as well as on the Rasmussen College YouTube channel if you’re looking to take advantage of all the fantastic insights shared. But if you’re strapped for time or want to focus on a specific area, here is a breakdown of where and when the highlights happened.

Day to day job of accountants: 5:28
Educational requirements: 7:54 & 16:53
Key skills: 9:35 & 21:05
Expected job growth: 12:38
Industries with jobs: 14:02
Average salaries: 15:15
Experience requirements: 18:30
Resume tips: 23:22

The takeaway

If this discussion has you thinking about a career in the accounting field it’s important to know that you can find out more about earning an accounting degree and why it’s worth it by reading: Is an Accounting Degree Worth it Or Worthless?.

Also remember to circle Rasmussen College on Google+ to stay up to date on our future “Hangouts on Air.”

Grant Tilus

Grant works for Collegis education and writes student-focused articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. He aims to inspire, motivate and inform current and prospective students.

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