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An Associate's degree in accounting might be the perfect choice to improve your career situation in a relatively short period of time. This level of accounting training will give you all the basic core knowledge to understand the language of accounting and the ability to create most operational accounting entries. As a full charge bookkeeper, you will be expected to make all daily, weekly, and monthly entries through a complete trial balance. With an Associate's degree in accounting, you will get sufficient knowledge to perform these tasks. An accounting or auditing assistant needs this same knowledge level, although they will normally make fewer actual entries, but will be acting upon the same entries made by others. However, you will need to know how the entries were made and have the ability to determine the correctness of them. Accounting and auditing assistants are then expected to make appropriate corrections, modifications, and/or “adjustments” to those entries made in error. An Associate's degree in accounting will give you the knowledge level you need to perform these responsibilities effectively.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|