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How to Find a Job in Accounting - Educational Background

Written by AnonymousJune 17, 2011

To prepare for your career in public accounting, try to get a head start while you’re still in school. By choosing relevant college-level courses that emphasize critical thinking, communications, and technical accounting knowledge, you can begin to acquire the skills necessary for your professional path.

Most states now require that accountants have the equivalent of five years of educational experience in subjects like business and accounting to be eligible for CPA certification. Regardless of whether you plan on pursuing certification or not, here are some courses that can provide you with academic knowledge you’ll need:

  • Financial statement analysis
  • Auditing
  • Advanced accounting
  • Investment accounting
  • Management information systems
  • Environmental accounting
  • Managerial accounting
  • Not-for-profit and government accounting
  • Tax strategies for corporations
  • Individual tax planning
  • Intermediate accounting
  • Corporate finance
  • Mergers and acquisitions accounting
  • Forensic accounting
  • Fraud detection and prevention
  • Cost accounting and control
  • Taxation of business entities
  • International tax