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The first step to becoming an accountant is to get a degree in accounting or a related field. While some bookkeepers and accounting clerks can start as junior accountants and work their way up, more accountants earn their bachelor's degrees before joining the field. To advance in the field and/ or be able to submit documents to the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), accountants must become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). This requires an accountant to take additional courses and pass a national exam. Accountants may also choose to get additional certifications including Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) helps accountants get the most prestigious and highest-paid jobs in the field.
Accountants get to see all of the ins and outs of a business. Depending on how you specialize, you may get lots of background knowledge about what it takes to run a successful business, or you may find that you thrive helping others businesses be organized and successful.