What Is Required to Be an Accountant?

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Requirements for being an accountant vary depending on responsibility, but often include basic knowledge of accounting functions or an accounting degree. Find out how some accounting careers require a master's degree in business administration with information from an accounting professor in this free video on accounting careers.

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Hi, my name is Shawn Jones, adjunct professor here at Argosy University. Today, we're talking about what is required to be an accountant. This can be a wide range of requirements, or education and experience, that is needed, within the accounting department. There are several functions, such as an accounts payable or receivables clerk, or even a payroll clerk, where simply all that is needed, is basic experience, in handling those functions. Other responsibilities , such as a controller, or a CFO, will also require the necessary education, such as a four year degree, an accounting degree, perhaps even certification, such as a certified public accountant, or a CMA, a certified managerial accountant, also might prefer a graduate degree, such as an MBA, a master's in business administration. Basically though, as you increase your responsibilities, within the accounting department, the more experience and education you'll need, to be able to qualify, for those responsibilities. For more information about this topic, please visit our website, argosy.edu. There you can find our phone number, or an address, to come and visit our Salt Lake City campus.

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