Accounting Jobs Moss Point MS
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Executive, Management, Sales
West Point, MS
How to become an Accountant.
Accountants get their name from the type of work they do - keeping accounts in order. The field of accounting is probably an ancient one, dating back to the first time humans needed to keep records of inventory or transactions. Accountants are still in high demand today, working in every conceivable field in private and public life. Most accountant jobs require a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a field related to accounting, but job prospects are generally better for those who either have a master's degree or become a Certified Public Accountant. Although accountants do not necessarily have to become certified, many do choose to pursue certification. Junior accounting positions are available to candidates who have a two-year community college degree and accounting or bookkeeping experience. These junior accountants often have the chance to take advantage of on the job training and advance to become full accountants. To become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), accountants much take an arduous examination, which is offered eight months out of the year. The CPA examination is difficult to pass, with less than a 50 percent pass rate each year. Although it is not required that prospective accountants pass all four parts at once, many areas do require that those taking the test pass all four sections within an 18 month period, or they must restart the examination process. Depending on the state, experience in the accounting field may be necessary before becoming a CPA. In addition, accountants must generally complete a certain amount of professional development or continuing education to renew their licenses.
What does an Accountant do?
Accountants work in many different settings. They can be self-employed and working as freelance accountants, or can work in private firms, for non-profit organizations, or for government entities. Accountants may specifically be employed in tax preparation firms, bookkeeping or accounting firms, or in the payroll or accounting department of any business or organization. Public accountants can work for any of the types of clients mentioned above, and often focus on one area. For example a public accountant may choose to focus on tax preparation or accounting systems, or even audit financial records, either as an internal or external auditor. Many public accountants are CPAs. Government accountants obviously work for the government, and work specifically with the financial records of government agencies and contractors hired by the government. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is just one government agency employing a significant number of accountants. Management accountants are sometimes called corporate or private accountants and work for private companies. They may have the responsibility of creating or maintaining budgets, creating cost/benefit analyses, and influencing business decisions. Accountants may also work with individuals...