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Major in Accounting
Article by Rachelle Wiggins
“Our God is a creative master who loves to bring beauty out of chaos. When an accountant takes piles of raw date and fashions the data into a meaningful sales report he is reflecting the image of God.” ~Stephen Altrogge
Accounting, at its core, is the process of keeping financial accounts. It has been called “the language of business” and is the means by which financial information is organized, interpreted and communicated.
As our economies become more globalized, the need for math-minded individuals continues to rise. Accounting can be found in almost every industry around the world—from technology to medicine to sports to advertising. An accounting degree is a valuable commodity and those who possess them are often competitive job candidates.
So beyond strong math skills, what traits and aptitudes are needed in this popular, business-related field? For starters, it is imperative to be organized and detail-oriented in order to meticulously track financial records. Those in accounting careers tend to be analytical and logical in order to interpret facts and figures efficiently. It is imperative to develop strong interpersonal skills and to relate financial findings in an articulate, understandable manner. Finally, it is necessary to be open to on-going education in order to keep up with accounting industry standards and ever-changing technology applications.
Some classes you can expect to take while in college may include: Business law, Auditing, Administrative Management and classes pertaining to various accounting specializations including Cost accounting, Computerized accounting, Tax accounting and Government and Non-Profit accounting. It is possible that you may also be required to participate in an internship before your course of study is complete.
You may be wondering what possible careers options you could expect after completing this versatile, four-year degree. Whether you find yourself working for an individual, a business, a non-profit, the government or launching your own private practice, job opportunities abound! Common professions for someone with an accounting degree include:
If God has gifted you with a “numbers brain,” you have a high standard of integrity and the desire to serve others effectively with what He’s given you then an accounting major be just the way to glorify God as your service to Him!