What is an Accounting Degree

While you search for which college degree to pursue it’s easy to get lost along the way. We want to help give you the confidence to move down the path towards a promising career. That is why we developed our “What Should I Do With My Life” video series. To help you navigate the roads, select a degree program, and give you the directions needed to help you arrive at your future destination.

In the video below we chat with Kari Grittner, the Accounting Program Coordinator at the Rasmussen College campus in Eagan, Minnesota. Kari gives us insights into pursuing an accounting degree, the value of internships, and the different areas to specialize in within the accounting career field.


Hi. I'm Allie Gray Freeland, and I am the host of the rest of the Rasmussen College video blog series What Should I Do With My Life? I'm here today with Kari Grittner who is the accounting program coordinator at the Eagan college campus at Rasmussen College. She's here today to talk with us about degree information as an accountant and in addition to that, just what you can expect with a career in accounting.

An accounting degree, you can go two ways. You can start with a two-year degree, which will enable you to work in the accounts payable, accounts receivable in the accounting department. But really to move in the accounting industry and the accounting profession, you need that four-year degree. That will enable you to sit for many different kinds of certification exams, certified public accountant, fraud examiner, payroll professional, which is important in accounting. Because the body of knowledge is so great, we need to specialize in different areas of accounting.

So when you're looking for a program, look for a regionally-accredited school. That will help in qualifying to sit for a certification exam. Also look for internship possibilities within that program. Internships are important. As a student, you want to be able to experience different areas of accounting, and an internship will allow you to do that. Also look for Excel within a program. More than just the basic Excel courses, look for Excel being interwoven in your accounting courses as well so that you get practical experience with Excel.

Thank you so much, Kari, for speaking with us today about accounting degrees and career paths. For more information about the accounting degree program at Rasmussen College, please visit www.rasmussen.edu. Thanks.

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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