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How do I become an accountant with a history degree?

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How do I become an accountant with a history degree?

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Most accountants have a bachelor's degree of some kind, and not all have degrees in Accounting. If you have a background in History, there are still several ways you can become an accountant. Of course, previously learned skills in mathematics or business are a benefit. One way you can work toward becoming an accountant is through certification. Options include the Certified Management Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Information Systems Auditor credentials. Perhaps the most well known certification is the CPA (or Certified Public Accountant). In some states, a BA in related coursework is required for the CPA. In others, advanced coursework beyond the BA is required for the CPA. Overall, however, around 150 credit hours in accounting and related areas are commonly needed. In order to get these credits, many who pursue the CPA get master's degrees in Accounting, even if their BA was in a different field. Check the guidelines in your area to see exactly what kind of prerequisites and coursework are required.

Of course, you do not have to become a CPA. You may be hired in an accounting department as a 'public accountant.' Public accountants may wish to pass an IRS test to prepare taxes. However, as an uncertified accountant, there may be many tasks you are unable to perform, like auditing.

For more information about becoming an Accountant, check out this article: How to Become an Accountant: Education and Career Roadmap

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