How to Become an Accountant

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How Do I Become an Accountant?

How to Become an Accountant

If you want to know how to become an accountant, the answer is education, experience, and, if you want to pursue a career in public accounting, becoming a Certified Public Accountant. Most states require a minimum of 150 credit hours of study at university to be eligible to take the CPA examination, which is standardized and uniform throughout the United States. If you have met CPA exam qualifications, you may take this examination as a new graduate or as an experienced accountant.

If you are planning a long career in public accounting, earning CPA certification should be considered a necessity. Should you plan on a career in private industry, the government or in the nonprofit area, a CPA license is not required, but would certainly help your future promotional possibilities. A Bachelor's degree in accounting is required, providing the necessary credit hours in the subject to make you employable upon graduation as an accountant at all levels.

You should check with your state CPA Board to learn their specific CPA exam eligibility requirements. The cost to sit for the examination varies by state, but the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) estimates the “average” cost across the U.S. is $533. Also, the switch to a computerized CPA exam has changed and expanded the focus of the examination, making it even more important to be well prepared.



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