Students who want to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) will need to take about a year of additional accounting coursework or choose a different degree option. In order to apply, students must have a high school diploma or GED and strong SAT or ACT scores.
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Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
The accounting concentration gives the student a theoretical understanding of how accounting principles work within a business context. Some schools advise that students gain practical experience through internships. Course offerings may include:
Course offerings may include:
- Financial accounting
- Marketing fundamentals
- Federal income taxation
- Business ethics
- Operations management
Popular Career Options
In addition to being prepared for advanced study, graduates qualify for entry-level accounting positions in private and public sectors. Potential job titles include:
- Public accountant
- Management accountant
- Government auditor
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
Accountants and auditors are expected to see job growth of 11% between the years of 2014 and 2024, which is faster than average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) (www.bls.gov). The mean annual pay in May 2015 was $75,280 for accountants and auditors. Most earned annual wages from $41,400 to $118,930.
Continuing Education and Professional Certifications
A student with a BBA can go on to pursue a master's degree and doctorate in accounting. Students with accounting degrees may complete the additional 30 hours of coursework most states require to qualify for the CPA examination. The CPA exam is a 4-part test administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The CPA credential is legally required for accountants to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Most states require that CPAs keep their knowledge updated with continuing education courses.
Several professional associations offer certification to accountants who have bachelor's degrees and experience in the field. For example, the Institute of Management Accountants, Inc. offers the Certified Management Accountant credential, while the Institute of Internal Auditors grants the Certified Internal Auditor certification.
Aspiring accountants can get the business background they need through a BBA program in accounting. After earning the degree, they can pursue the additional education and certification necessary to become a CPA, or continue their education by pursuing a higher degree.