What an Accounting career looks like
Accountants and auditors work for companies, individual clients, and governments to ensure that firms run efficiently, records are kept accurately, and taxes are paid.
Accountants can also analyze budgets and provide some financial planning services as well as information technology consulting and limited legal services.
There's a lot more to accounting than just crunching numbers, and the geeky accountant who does nothing but hammer away on his adding machine is virtually a thing of the past. These days, accounting work is very team oriented. In your first job, you're likely to start as a junior member of a team responsible for, say, preparing financial statements, or auditing a particular account or a client's financial statements. If you're a public accountant, you may also spend a significant amount of time face-to-face with clients, providing individualized solutions to their unique tax and accounting issues. The ability to communicate and cooperate with other people will be a must.
You may not need to be a math whiz, but if you're not extremely skilled with computers, accounting's not for you. Most of your work will be done electronically, and firms are always implementing new electronic systems for submitting and preparing financial statements.
If you decide to study Accounting, you probably won't have to wait long to start working. Jobs in accounting are always in demand and the skills you learn through studying are transferable and can be applied to many other disciplines. If you're thinking of studying accounting, Harbor College has a great range of degree and certificates to choose from.