how to become an accountant?


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I would like to be an accountant, but I already went through college and have a bachelors in business/finance. What steps should i take to become an accountant? Grad school? More undergrad acct courses?
 
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I would suggest looking into your state's requirements to earn the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. In Pennsylvania (PA) as of current a bachelors with 24 credits in accounting courses will do it, as of 2012 the 24 will increase to needing 36 credit hours. While all credits required do not have to come from accounting courses, they can come from business, finance and law courses. In PA there is a 150 credit hour requirement and the only specific is a bachelors degree with 36 credit hours in accounting type courses. A certificate may be a consideration for you; I believe that would be a way that I would consider. You should be able to find the same type of information specific to your state. AICPA is a site that is full of links that can get you going in the right direction.
 
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I did forget to mention once the education requirements are met, an individual has to pass all four parts of the CPA exam then gain 1600 hours of professional work experience. What is required in your area, that makes PA seem easy?
 

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