Chapter 2

Making Mom Proud: Financial Accounting Career Options

In This Chapter

arrow Mapping out your college courses

arrow Finding out the differences between a CPA and an MBA

arrow Considering financial accounting employment opportunities

arrow Examining the future of financial accounting

This chapter gives you the 4-1-1 on the making of a financial accountant. If you’re wondering about the types of college courses you need to take in addition to your basic financial accounting course, you’ve come to the right place! I outline the various business and nonbusiness courses you can expect to take for an undergraduate degree in accounting and explain the additional courses needed for those pursuing a graduate business degree.

Also, I describe the many different career paths a financial accountant can follow, from being self-employed to working for a large accounting firm to working for nonbusiness entities such as charitable organizations.

In this chapter, you find out how much you can expect to earn as a financial accountant fresh out of college. You also get some perspective on the changing nature of business ...

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